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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe I am being a bit cynical but, when I stumbled across this data I had a slightly different take. Check out this quote from Statista.
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a shift in U.S. rental patterns as some residents in expensive areas pack up and move to either the suburbs or smaller cities. The increasingly widespread adoption of remote working has made that possible in many cases and it has resulted in rent prices falling in some of the America’s most notorious rental hotspots such as the Bay Area and Manhattan.
And here is the data I was referencing.
The question in my mind immediately was, how many of these cities leaned liberal and how many leaned conservative? Well, I checked with the assumption that all of them were liberal. Some I knew immediately were liberal; San Francisco and New York for example. The others I looked up on Best Places which includes political demographic data on the locations cited therein. For instance, here is the profile for Chesapeake, VA which leans liberal and Long Beach, CA which is very liberal. Colorado Springs is the only location on the chart that leans Conservative and as such, I wondered if my assumption was incorrect. So, I did a bit more research and sourced this info from The Colorado Sun.
The Democratic vote increased in 40 of the state’s 64 counties in 2020, a Colorado Sun analysis shows. The largest shifts came in the Denver suburbs of Jefferson and Broomfield counties, as well as a couple of smaller mountain communities.
In these areas, and elsewhere, an influx of new residents, changing voter demographics that don’t favor Republicans and a dislike of Trump helped push the Democratic vote totals higher.
The most noticeable difference is how Trump’s vote totals shrank in Republican-heavy counties. In El Paso — home to conservative hub Colorado Springs — Trump’s margin of victory this year sat near 11 percentage points compared to 22 percentage points four years ago. In Douglas County to the south of Denver, it went from an 18-point win to a 7-point margin.
Ah, so there you have it, Colorado Springs is turning liberal as indicative of the increase in Democratic votes. I mentioned before how liberal cities tend to have more crime and more unemployment and people seem to be reacting to those trends by moving away; most notably to Conservative cities. Case in point, check out this tweet about Florida.
I also looked up “The 15 Fastest-Growing Cities in America” (as of June 4, 2020) and 10 out of 15 were Conservative. As I considered all these things, one question emerged above it all. If one can prove that conservative policies tend to produce better results overall then, why aren’t they implemented more widely?
It is a riddle for the ages.
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