Metro-ification of American politics favours Democrats

In the last federal American election, the democrats won 11 of the largest 15 cities across the States.

Urban density played a key role: Obama’s metro votes came from areas twice as dense as Romney’s. Also, within those dense clusters of voters, highly-skilled and highly-educated people dwell effected voter partisan.

How voters get to work also played a role. Those who took transit, biked or walked tended to vote Democrat.

According to this article from Atlantic Cities: “America is divided between cities of knowledge and skill and the rest. The residents of these knowledge cities not only do better economically, they are better-traveled, better-connected to the global economy, and more open to diversity.”

Map by MPI’s Zara Matheson

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