How urban or rural is your state? + COVID-19 stats

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-urban-or-rural-is-your-state-and-what-does-that-mean-for-the-2020-election/

Interesting how urban Texas and Arizona are.

«How urban or rural is your state?

FiveThirtyEight’s partisan lean and urbanization index for each state»

STATEPARTISAN LEANURBANIZATION INDEXSTATEPARTISAN LEANURBANIZATION INDEX
New YorkD+2212.56North CarolinaR+510.32
New JerseyD+1312.24MissouriR+1910.20
CaliforniaD+2412.19NebraskaR+2410.20
MassachusettsD+2911.84TennesseeR+2810.20
NevadaR+111.77WisconsinR+110.19
Rhode IslandD+2611.72LouisianaR+1710.18
MarylandD+2311.71KansasR+2310.12
IllinoisD+1311.62South CarolinaR+1710.11
FloridaR+511.46OklahomaR+349.94
ConnecticutD+1111.41New HampshireR+29.92
ArizonaR+911.30New MexicoD+79.90
TexasR+1711.17KentuckyR+239.79
ColoradoD+111.15AlabamaR+279.61
PennsylvaniaR+111.15IdahoR+359.59
WashingtonD+1211.12IowaR+69.59
HawaiiD+3611.09ArkansasR+249.26
DelawareD+1411.01West VirginiaR+309.11
UtahR+3110.96North DakotaR+339.05
VirginiaEVEN10.91MaineD+59.04
OhioR+710.88MississippiR+158.91
MichiganD+110.81VermontD+248.84
OregonD+910.71AlaskaR+158.74
GeorgiaR+1210.55South DakotaR+318.73
MinnesotaD+210.46MontanaR+188.47
IndianaR+1810.41WyomingR+478.26
Partisan lean is the average difference between how a state votes and how the country votes overall, with 2016 presidential election results weighted at 50 percent, 2012 presidential election results weighted at 25 percent and results from elections for the state legislature weighted at 25 percent. Note that FiveThirtyEight’s current partisan leans do not yet incorporate the results of the 2018 election.

FiveThirtyEight’s urbanization index is calculated as the natural logarithm of the average number of people living within a five-mile radius of a given resident.

SOURCE: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY

(Don’t know how important it is that 538’s partisan lean figures don’t include 2018 election. That election seems to have been a Pretty Big Deal.)

Now, couple that with whatever per-state COVID-19 stats you like. I’m assuming cold-weather states like Alaska and Vermont have a lot of people indoors (i.e., in close proximity), but Mississippi might a good rural state to track. Or West Virginia, if you think structural racism might affect the figures. Or both, really, MS and WV.

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