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June 19, 2014 9:20 AM   Subscribe

Clarity Campaign Labs invites you to use TargetSmart U.S. voter data to discover, via seven yes/no/don't care questions, What town matches my politics? Business Insider uses it to determine the most liberal and conservative towns in each state.
posted by psoas (87 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ha, my best fit in Oregon is my old voting precinct in Portland!
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:25 AM on June 19


My best fit in Illinois is a zip code I lived in for 4 years. Whee!
posted by phunniemee at 9:26 AM on June 19


Oh, and the neighborhood I grew up in. I guess I'm just a product of my environment.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:26 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Interesting. I ended up in Ann Arbor (no surprise there), but it gave my current ZIP as the number 2 option.
posted by wikipedia brown boy detective at 9:27 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Looks like in several states the most conservative town is still majority liberal. Has anyone found any most-liberal towns that are still majority conservative?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:27 AM on June 19


I started it up.

Choose a state: Louisiana

I identify with the Democrats more so than the Republicans [ Agree Disagree Don't Include ]


and then it blanked out the rest of the questions and said, "Well, I hope you're already in New Orleans. If not: good luck, buddy."
posted by komara at 9:27 AM on June 19 [10 favorites]


Madison, WI, and I excluded 3 of the questions. This is the least shocking result ever.
posted by desjardins at 9:27 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


And when I switched the state to Illinois, it pinpointed exactly where I used to live (which was happenstance, rather than a conscious choice). Wow, this is scary - sure this isn't linked to my credit report?
posted by desjardins at 9:29 AM on June 19


In Texas the most liberal city is "Sarita, Texas". With a population of 238 I have to wonder how many people from Sarita actually did this survey. My guess is '1'.
posted by jonclegg at 9:30 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


Your ideology is most aligned with that of the residents of:
1.
New York, NY
2.
New York, NY
3.
New York, NY
4.
New York, NY
5.
New York, NY

So it's good that I live in there then?
posted by The Whelk at 9:31 AM on June 19 [4 favorites]


Apparently I should move to NYC 10025. This is the opposite of what I want.
posted by elizardbits at 9:31 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


But Riverside park is nice.

Too many babies tho.

Such babies.
posted by The Whelk at 9:33 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Your ideology is most aligned with that of the residents of:
1.Annandale On Hudson, NY 12504


So if anyone can hook me up with a job at Bard once I finish grad school, it'd be much appreciated.
posted by pemberkins at 9:33 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


No I mean I want 10030 and up.
posted by elizardbits at 9:34 AM on June 19


Lake Hill, NY 12448

(Outside Woodstock)

The system works!
posted by mikelieman at 9:35 AM on June 19


Cambridge is the most liberal city in Massachusetts, huh? Hell, it's probably the most liberal city in North America.
posted by backseatpilot at 9:37 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


Oklahoma:

Everything else the same, if I want an urban area, I get Tulsa. If I don't want an urban area, I get Oklahoma City! Hahahaha.
posted by CrowGoat at 9:40 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


There should be an asterisk next to Cambridge, MA: Cambridge is liberal in social policy and services, but try to walk your dog around Fresh Pond when you live a town over and see a ton of residents want to pass a law to prevent dogs from outside Cambridge from being allowed into Cambridge. Seriously.
posted by Nanukthedog at 9:41 AM on June 19


Current state: The Castro in SF, various other flavors of SF and Berkeley fill out the list. Never lived any of those places.

Near future state: Madison, with other parts of Madison and Milwaukee for the rest. Unfortunately (at least for these purposes), I'm moving to Eau Claire.

College state: Alexandria and Arlington, with a Norfolk thrown in.
posted by LionIndex at 9:42 AM on June 19


Cambridge is the most liberal city in Massachusetts, huh? Hell, it's probably the most liberal city in North America.

Take a gander at the next all-nude demonstration of aging hippies in Berkeley, and I'll think you'll change your tune.
posted by jonp72 at 9:42 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


I'd like it if I could determine where my existing city ranked. I suppose that's available someplace on the web. But the result here was really unsurprising -- Madison is infamous for being a liberal outlier even in Wisconsin (and even before Scott Walker).
posted by dhartung at 9:43 AM on June 19 [4 favorites]


Take a gander at the next all-nude demonstration of aging hippies in Berkeley, and I'll think you'll change your tune.

A.K.A.: 'Tuesday'
posted by mikelieman at 9:43 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


I grew up outside Huntsville, Alabama, and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. According to this quiz, both were the best fit in the state for me. Well done, quiz. Well done.
posted by cmchap at 9:45 AM on June 19


The power of statistics. I just need to subtract 1 from my current zip code and then I will be in my ideal location. Real = San Francisco. Ideal = San Francisco. Should I be surprised?
posted by njohnson23 at 9:46 AM on June 19


No way in hell I'm moving to Houston.
posted by Daddy-O at 9:47 AM on June 19


New York, NY 10025

...my actual zip is 10023, the next neighborhood over.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:47 AM on June 19


Apparently I should move to either Hydaburg AK (pop. 376) or Anchorage, depending on whether I prefer urban areas or not.

I don't buy Salcha beating out North Pole for most conservative town in Alaska, though.
posted by leahwrenn at 9:47 AM on June 19


Cambridge is the most liberal city in Massachusetts, huh

Ha: Porter/Davis, Harvard Square, JP, Area 4, Coolidge Corner. I have lived in or spent a lot of semi-residential time in all of those places except JP.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:48 AM on June 19


Take a gander at the next all-nude demonstration of aging hippies in Berkeley, and I'll think you'll change your tune.

I haven't seen all-nude demonstrations in Cambridge (yet), but I'd argue that the Massachusetts winter sorta cuts down on our reasonable opportunities.
posted by cmchap at 9:48 AM on June 19


NYC 10025, which is the zip code I was born in....
posted by Umami Dearest at 9:50 AM on June 19


It would be more fun if they had more fashion- and music-related questions though...
posted by Umami Dearest at 9:51 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


I am THRILLED they they included zip codes because without them "Washington, DC" is the most liberal and the most conservative place in Washington, DC. Including the zips makes it worthwhile for and inclusive to folks in the district!
posted by troika at 9:52 AM on June 19


I don't buy Salcha beating out North Pole for most conservative town in Alaska, though.

I was going to post a link about how the magnetic North Pole drifts around, and is thus not geographically conservative...then i learned that North Pole, Alaska is not the magnetic North Pole.
posted by cmchap at 9:52 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


It dropped me in my exact zip code in SF.
posted by macrael at 9:53 AM on June 19


Eerily disturbing that the best fit for Oregon was quite literally the neighborhood I lived in as a child.
posted by combinatorial explosion at 9:54 AM on June 19


I wish you could exclude (or limit it to) certain zips, though, because I want to know the most liberal zip in NY outside of NYC (and also the most conservative zip inside of NYC).
posted by troika at 9:55 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Select a State

New Jersey

I prefer urban areas

Disagree

Newark, NJ

:/
posted by Flunkie at 9:56 AM on June 19 [4 favorites]


If you select NJ, and put in all the Democrat options, but don't prefer urban areas, it suggest Newark Airport.
posted by smackfu at 9:57 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


The more telling conclusion about Massachusetts is that its most (reportedly) conservative population is a relatively obscure little town that most people have never heard of.

Looking at Rhode Island, Providence is obviously its most urban population, so no surprise it's blue. I'd have been less surprised to see East Greenwich listed than West Greenwich; the former is relatively affluent. But then, Granville isn't exactly BMW country either.
posted by cribcage at 9:57 AM on June 19


For Indiana, 7 "Agree" answers lands you in Gary. Take that, commies.
posted by klarck at 9:58 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Wow, Flunkie posted the same thing... I think it's because it determines if it's an urban area by density, and certain ZIP codes are low density, even in cities.
posted by smackfu at 9:58 AM on June 19


Is that like Tom Hanks' character in The Terminal, where he has to live in JFK?
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:58 AM on June 19


Set it to Washington, and it gave me the neighborhood I was priced out of in Seattle, with 2-5 being the places that people in my demographic move to after getting priced out of the #1 neighborhood.

Set it to California, and it gave me the neighborhood I was priced out of in San Francisco years ago, with the second option being another neighborhood in San Francisco that I could never dream of affording, and 3-5 being neighborhoods in Berkeley that I looked at places in but which were just too expensive for me. No surprises, basically.

What I'm wondering about, and what I wish I could come up with a coherent comment about (sorry!) is how all of this interacts with the actual primary function of American neighborhoods — which is to say, sorting people by race and class rather than by political ideology directly.1

1: Which is not to say that American real estate doesn't also sort by ideology, but this is I think a knock-on effect of the race-and-class sorting functions.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 9:59 AM on June 19


I would guess nearly all of us selecting the exact same options in the radio buttons.
posted by smackfu at 10:01 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


I live in Kansas but it said that Kansas City, Kansas would be a good fit for me. I feel like it's actually Lawrence but I would honestly prefer Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City, Kansas has Johnson County in it! That place is mega repub territory.
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 10:03 AM on June 19


I haven't seen all-nude demonstrations in Cambridge (yet)

Well, the World Naked Bike Ride in Boston is June 28, so you have your chance coming up!
posted by backseatpilot at 10:04 AM on June 19


At least it put me in North Cambridge, not 02138.

North Cambridge: Mostly undergraduate free!
posted by maryr at 10:06 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


The Big Sort: "Americans are increasingly choosing to live among like-minded neighbours. This makes the culture war more bitter and politics harder "
The Myth Of The 'Big Sort': "Does our analysis prove that political residential segregation is not occurring? No. That is not our position. We are simply pointing out that Bishop’s sweeping argument about geographic political sorting has little or no empirical foundation. The simple fact is that it will take much more detailed research to settle questions about geographic sorting one way or the other. In particular, to examine the subject of residential polarization in a systematic manner requires data at a much lower level than the county level. "

Oh, lower than county level, Hoover Institute? Like, say, ZIP code?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:07 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


The most conservative town in Massachusetts is so conservative that it slipped over the border to be south of the most conservative town in Connecticut.

And if you stay in Mass., pick the "liberal" answers, but don't want urban? Hello Martha's Vineyard.

The other interesting thing is to note how close the extreme cities are in each state. Kansas must be a tense place.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:10 AM on June 19


It says I should live in Ophir, CO.

Which, yes, we both agree. If only I could afford it.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 10:14 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Changing the answer to the religion question moves me from the Castro (94114) to Inglewood (90305).
posted by rtha at 10:14 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


It put me in NYC, but Manhattan rather than Queens.
posted by jonmc at 10:16 AM on June 19


Upper West Side, the East Village zip code I grew up next to, West Village, the Castro, Haight-Ashbury, Berkeley.

Here I am feeling stereotyped, though I have none but myself to blame.
posted by evidenceofabsence at 10:16 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


The other interesting thing is to note how close the extreme cities are in each state.

Not sure you can get much farther apart than Tennessee
posted by hal9k at 10:19 AM on June 19


Take a gander at the next all-nude demonstration of aging hippies in Berkeley, and I'll think you'll change your tune.

I briefly parsed this as your suggesting throwing a male goose at naked hippies to see how liberal they really are.

I guess that would work, but it would be hard on both gander and hippies....
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:20 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


Finally, technology to assist carpetbaggers.
posted by vorpal bunny at 10:20 AM on June 19


I would really like to see the n-values for the most/least conservative map, because like jonclegg alluded, it's pretty useless if only one person responded in a town of 238.
posted by desjardins at 10:22 AM on June 19


Gary, IN. Yeah, I don't think so. It's the former murder rate capital of the USA, and is now #19 on America's most miserable cities list.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:22 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


It's a lot more interesting if you input states you've never lived in for results though. Apparently Prairie View TX or Naco AZ are the right places for me if I ever find myself in need of a move to a red state.

like if i was cursed by an ifrit or something
posted by elizardbits at 10:25 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


It should shock pretty much no one familiar with North Carolina that the best place to live if you're a godless tree-hugging democratic urbanist is Raleigh.
posted by winna at 10:26 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


The other interesting thing is to note how close the extreme cities are in each state.

Guessing at least a few of these are $URBAN_AREA and $AFFLUENT_SUBURB.
posted by Fezboy! at 10:26 AM on June 19


Christ. If I disinclude "the government should reduce the deficit primarily by raising taxes" (because what about eliminating inefficiencies or reducing graft), I get the zip code next to which I currently live.

Gary, IN. Yeah, I don't think so.
I've only passed through Gary, Indiana once, but if I recall, it also had a smell.
posted by evidenceofabsence at 10:29 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


I included my religiosity...it made no difference

NYC 10037

However, if I try Wisconsin, where I lived as a kid, it gives me Milwaukee rather than Madison (one of my favorite cities in the country) almost certainly because Milwaukee has a much larger Black population (highly religious and very liberal do not otherwise overlap much).
posted by Octaviuz at 10:42 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


What town matches my politics?

Why would I want to live in a town full of kooks?
posted by Fists O'Fury at 10:43 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


So the most liberal city in hyper-red, mostly-rural Oklahoma is... not an urban area, not the state university, not a Cherokee or Choctaw stronghold, but the tiny pop. 1,700 college town surrounding Langston University. "Founded in 1897 as the Morril-Act-mandated separate-but-equal alternative to Oklahoma A&M, Langston University is the westernmost HBCU in the United States, and one of the few outside the former Confederacy."
posted by ormondsacker at 10:46 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Put my preferences and picked California. All five locations are between Ukiah and Eureka. I can't decide if this is some kind of Twispian nightmare or if I should quit my job and join a grow op.
posted by Fezboy! at 10:47 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


Berkeley! Yes!
posted by Justinian at 10:56 AM on June 19


With a population of 238 I have to wonder how many people from Sarita actually did this survey. My guess is '1'.

I don't think this is based on a survey. It seems to run off a combination of voter file data, census data, and marketing/financial analytics.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:02 AM on June 19


Kahului here I come!
posted by cazoo at 11:04 AM on June 19


Picked random states, got the capitals each time. I guess I'm not meant to be a farmer.

Too crazy for Boys Town, too much of a boy for Crazy Town.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:08 AM on June 19


Your ideology is most aligned with that of the residents of:
1.Cambridge, MA 02140


Joke's on you, website. I live in area code 02141 of Cambridge.
posted by explosion at 11:12 AM on June 19


I got the zip code in San Francisco where my office is. When I reversed the answers and picked Indiana, it gave me Winona Lake, the town I left to live in California.
posted by rsclark at 11:29 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


I picked my home state and got Iowa City. They may be a bit more liberal down there, but I have no plans to move. Too bad there was no #8. "I prefer university towns" so I could've indicated my extreme dislike for places where cooler-riding is a recreational activity.
posted by epj at 12:13 PM on June 19


For Washington, it has me out in various flavors of small towns in the mountains or Puget Sound islands. If I mash up the list with the Jewish Federation and census data, their #4 selection has me closest to another Jew; 47 miles.

I actually live in the US's most racially diverse zipcode, 98118, walking distance to, but not inside the eruv of, three different congregations, two of which are Sephardic.
posted by Dreidl at 12:28 PM on June 19


Apparently I need to move to Long Island.
posted by corb at 12:50 PM on June 19


Aww - I'm 53704 IRL, but they don't have that in their results... 53703 and 53705 for me, but I'm in the wrong ZIP!!! :\
posted by symbioid at 12:52 PM on June 19


cooler-riding is a recreational activity.

I looked this up because in my head it sounded like you would get a big Coleman chest cooler, waterproof it in some way, and float down the river on it in a challenge of balance and skill. It sounded like a lot of fun!

Upon googling I found that it's basically some kind of dumb all-terrain vehicle.

I like my version of cooler-riding more.
posted by winna at 1:06 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]


winna, I'm pretty sure I saw people doing your first version on the Sacramento River in the summer. Yes, it's a lot of fun.
posted by benito.strauss at 1:20 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


So is it or is it not this?
posted by maryr at 1:50 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]


Put my preferences and picked California. All five locations are between Ukiah and Eureka. I can't decide if this is some kind of Twispian nightmare or if I should quit my job and join a grow op

Are you sure you're not a redwood tree, Fezboy! ?
posted by maryr at 1:56 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Apparently I need to move to Long Island.

Swapsies?

get me out of here
posted by pemberkins at 2:00 PM on June 19


In Wisconsin, it gave me the exact ZIP code in Madison where I used to live, but haven't in five years.

Now I'm sad.
posted by aaronetc at 2:23 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


So is it or is it not this?

Yet another way it could be more awesome than the truth!
posted by winna at 2:33 PM on June 19


Your ideology is most aligned with that of the residents of:

1. New Shoreham, RI 02807


Alas, my bank account is not similarly aligned.
posted by mstokes650 at 2:51 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


The Arizona results are wonky. I've never even heard of the top two towns.

I put in "Agree" with urban areas and got Pirtleville (pop. 1,711.) Pirtleville is a suburb of Douglas, AZ, which itself is a tiny border town with fewer than 20,000 residents.

It also gave me Hayden, AZ (pop. 843). Whoo! Downtown Hayden, y'all! The urbanity never stops!

More sanely, it coughed up two zip codes in Tucson - the zip code I live in now, and the other one that's near the university.
posted by Squeak Attack at 4:35 PM on June 19


Gary, IN. Yeah, I don't think so. It's the former murder rate capital of the USA, and is now #19 on America's most miserable cities list.

Well Gary did a lot better than NYC, which is #10 on that silly Forbes "miserable cities" list. I have serious doubts about their methodology.
posted by Umami Dearest at 10:59 PM on June 19


For three out of the five states I've lived in this map names the city I lived in. (Philadelphia, Cambridge, Atlanta.)

For one of them it names a city a lived two hundred or so feet from (I lived in Oakland; the Berkeley border was at the end of the block).

And New Jersey is weird.
posted by madcaptenor at 5:07 AM on June 20


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