|Kootenai County, Idaho |
"The idea that like-minded people like to live together and in some cases are seeking one another out is being put in renewed focus in the wake of the divisive 2016 presidential election," Siegler writes. "This is regardless of whether it's in the more conservative rural areas or liberal cities. The rural vote in the Electoral College played a key role in the surprise election of Donald Trump. The Electoral College is weighted disproportionately to rural, now mostly red states like Idaho. So if you're a conservative and you move up to Idaho from California, your vote has nearly twice as much impact."
The phenomenon of Americans moving to like-minded areas is explored in the book The Big Sort, by Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing.