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and as you examine these, you might consider why you might want to be in a BLue state versus a Red state

States ranked by average income:

Top 10

The only Red state is Alaska, which is somewhat deceptive given the incredible high cost of living there, and the fact of the oil income distributed to residents.

By the way, DC would, surprisingly, be 5th were it a state.

And at the other end, the bottom ten states, from 41-50 in average income?

Only NM is a Blue state.  FWIW, it has the highest percentage of Latinos of any state in the nation, and also a reasonably high percentage of Native Americans.

Please keep reading.

My next list will be of states by percentage of adults 25-34 with at least a college degree, as of 2010
Top 10:

MA 54.4
ND 50.8
MN 49.8
NY 49.6
NH 46.0
CA 45.9
IA 45.5
MD 45.5
VT 44.5
PA 43.9

you will note only ND is a red state, and they are an odd state - they have a strong populist tradition, which includes the only state-owned bank, and are willing to elect Dems statewide -  Heidi Heidekamp having just kept the Senate seat of Kent Conrad

and the bottom 10:

ID 32.7
TX 32.2
MS 32.1
AL 31.5
OK 30.8
LA 30.3
WV 24.5
NM 28.7
AR 28.6
NV 28.4

Two Blue states out of those ten, NV & NM.  

Worth noting that were DC a state, it would rank first, with 68.8 -  and in case you have forgotten, DC is the Bluest jurisdiction of the 51

In 2011, the following states had obesity rates of < 25%:

Red among these are AZ, MT, and UT.   If DC were a state it would be in this group.

States with obesity rates >30% :


The only Blue state among these 12 is MI

Percentage of Households in poverty  (US is 12.6% households)
NH 5.6
NJ  6.8
VT  7.6
MN 8.1
HI 8.6
DE 9.2
UT 9.2
VA 9.2
CT 9.2
NE 9.5

REd states of UT and NE make the top ten

Bottom 10
SC 15.0
AZ  15.2
WV 15.4
OK 15.6
AR 15.9
TX 16.2
AL 16.7
NM 17.9
LA 18.3
MS 20.1

NM is only Blue state in the bottom 10.
DC ranks the worst, with 21.3% of its households in poverty

(NOTE - many poor households have more family members, which is why the percentage of Americans in poverty is somewhat higher than percentage of households)

RIGHT TO WORK LAWS or Constitutional provisions:

Among the BLue states, the only ones with such provisions are FL, IA, NV, VA

Among Red states that do NOT have such provisions are only MT, MO, WV

By now you should see a pattern.

You are likely to be healthier, wealthier, at less risk of poverty, better educated, and better able to collectively bargain to protect your rights in a Blue state than in a Red state.

It is also worth noting that several states of the Old Confederacy are decreasingly Southern in their orientation, the Blue states of VA and FL, and the still barely Red state of NC.

Make of this what you will.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:29:53 AM PST

  •  Interesting, But What I Figured (4+ / 0-)
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    thomlch, leu2500, Sychotic1, tofumagoo

    from the stats I've seen. Just not all in one place like this Diary.

    One other you could add, and I don't have the numbers in front of me, is that the "Red" states get back in Federal funding a ton more than they pay in Federal taxes.

    I live in a pretty "Blue" state, Illinois. We get back like .67 cents for every dollar we pay (that might be a little off). But states like Louisiana and Mississippi get back well over a dollar for every dollar they pay.

    I am all for helping folks out, but you'd think they'd at least notice my state and other "Blue" states are paying for a lot of shit in their "Red" states.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:36:19 AM PST

  •  Interesting observations. nt (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:41:53 AM PST

  •  Does that account for cost of living? (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think it does.

  •  poverty states adjusted by cost of living (1+ / 0-)
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    which is why I included them

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:45:29 AM PST

  •  There must be some correlation between (4+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, sargoth, Byrnt, lostinamerica

    poor education in red states, and the people living in them willing to vote against their own self interest.  This is by no means scientifically based, but more educated people tend to have more exposure to a wider demographic, and become more open to a wider range of people and ideas.  For the poorly educated, the desire to remain within their familiar tribe and social hierarchy seems to be the most important goal.  Thus, the promise by politicians that "others"--those with different names, skin tones, language, religion, sexual orientation, etc.--will be kept in their place trumps every other consideration.

    It's sad.

    "My dear friends, your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union." ---Representative John Lewis

    by SottoVoce on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:48:15 AM PST

  •  has anyone plotted this? (1+ / 0-)
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    A set of graphs with the states colored appropriately from strong blue to strong red would be interesting.

    There might even be a way to combine such stats into a "summary" number, perhaps by summing their rank orderings on each scale.

  •  Great analysis, teacherken. (0+ / 0-)

    I will put it to good use with some of Republican friends who live in OK.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:02:45 AM PST

  •  I own a ladies' dress shop in TX, (1+ / 0-)
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    so I am a natural observer of garment sizes. There are a lot of overweight people down here, seriously overweight. Thirty percent is probably about right in my area. I just didn't realize that it was statewide.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:05:36 AM PST

  •  How do we convince those poor idiots? (2+ / 0-)
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  •  "why you might want to be in a Blue state versus a (0+ / 0-)

    Red state".  Well, "want", and  "not much choice" are rather different, no?  Even at our income level, it is not easy (even with a kid about to leave for college, and some housing options open), to simply "change states".

    Even harder if you have fewer means.  Most folks are where they are through choice made long ago, or mere happenstance, not deliberate selection.  And moving choices are usually economically based, not politically based.  But just plain up and leaving is not always much of an option.

    There is an implied premise of means, or that the desire will outweight the limitations.  Most definitely not the case for many people.

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:44:51 AM PST

  •  Nitpick: HI not HA (0+ / 0-)

    Assuming you mean Hawaii under "Percentage of Households in poverty" it's HI not HA.

    Otherwise, nice diary. Food for thought. Thanks.

  •  great informative diary teacherken... (0+ / 0-)

    it's nice to have some stats with which to back up my own feelings

    I spent my first 55 years in Illinois.

    In June of this year I moved to a red state.

    Boy what an experience it is.

    About the only thing I can say with certainty is that these people are totally obsessed with guns.

    All those years in Illinois and I can honestly say that no one ever came into my home and talked about guns, gun rights, and ''killing things for the sake of killing''.

    I've been down south for about 5 months now.
    And honestly every single handyman, electrician, plumber and such that have come into my home has talked at length about guns and killing things ugh !

    It would be interesting to see some stats about red states and gun violence.

    then again maybe not...

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