The 2004 Presidential Vote in Small-Town America

Much has been made of the geographic distribution of the vote. Joel Kotkin had a nice analysis of how Bush benefited from the growth of the ‘burbs. And here is another interesting take. Hat tip to Ken Orski and his Innovation Briefs for alerting me to this. From his summary. . . President Bush was the overwhelming choice of residents of lower density “micropolitan” areas – a new census category that describes quasi-urbanized areas that lie beyond the exurbs but are not quite rural in character. John Kerry, on the other hand, won the popular vote in densely populated central cities and in older, inner ring suburbs. Bush carried low density micropolitan areas even in the Democratic “blue” states- areas such as upstate New York, downstate Illinois and inland California, while Kerry won urbanized areas even in the Republican “red” states