Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Demography of American Voting

The XKCD comic has put together a terrific map that explains American voting demographics. The bottom line is that "red" states typically have very few people in them -- a fact illustrated in the XKCD comic by the use of white space.  Click to enlarge.


Jennifer said...

Would be fun to test your hypothesis using a GIS. My guess is that it works in the prarie and some mountain states but fails in the deep South. "Explains" is a strong assertion, but that's good, IMO. Strong hypotheses are good material to test.

PBurns said...

The work on this seems to have been done.

"If You Live Near Other People, You're Probably a Democrat. If Your Neighbors Are Distant, Republican" - CityLab at https://www.citylab.com/equity/2013/09/if-you-live-near-other-people-youre-probably-democrat-if-your-neighbors-are-distant-republican/7047/

"The Real Republican Adversary? Population Density — Dave Troy: Fueled By Randomness" at http://davetroy.com/posts/the-real-republican-adversary-population-density

Jennifer said...

Correction: Nice! but I'd still love to see map of where relatively high population density still ends out Republican, and I'll bet the results group south of the Mason-Dixon Line.