One of the big divides in the Presidential election was the urban-rural split.
Rural communities have over 95% of the land mass; cities have more than 60% of the population.
Clinton carried the cities by 31 points; Trump carried the rural areas by 29 points; the suburbs were a push
According to The Daily Beast:
“Rural counties now deliver lopsided totals for Republicans that approach Democratic tallies in African-American neighborhoods.”
What the heck is going on?
A writer for “Cracked” put it this way:
The recession pounded rural communities, but all the recovery went to the cities.
The rate of new businesses opening in rural areas has utterly collapsed.
Rural jobs used to be based around one big local business — a factory, a coal mine, etc.
When it dies, the town dies.
Cities can make up for the loss of manufacturing jobs with service jobs — small towns cannot.
That model doesn’t work below a certain population density.
In a city, you can plausibly aspire to start a band, or become an actor, or get a medical degree.
You can actually have dreams.
In a small town, there may be no venues for performing arts aside from country music bars and churches.
There may only be two doctors in town — aspiring to that job means waiting for one of them to retire or die.
You open the classifieds and all of the job listings will be for fast food or convenience stores.
The “downtown” is just the corpses of mom and pop stores left shattered in Walmart’s blast crater, the “suburbs” are trailer parks. There are parts of these towns that look post-apocalyptic.
The hopelessness eats you alive.
To the city dwellers, “Nothing that happens outside the city matters!”.
They’re blissfully unaware of where their food is grown.
If you can stand some pretty rough language read the whole article:
It poignantly cuts to the chase to explain why …
Thanks to JAH for feeding the lead.