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The Bay Area Voted for Hillary By the Largest Margin of All U.S. Metros

Making us the most depressed place in the nation right now.

Residents of the San Francisco–Oakland–Hayward metropolitan area cast 76.7 percent of their votes for Clinton, the biggest blowout for Hill in the U.S.

 

California’s landslide vote for Hillary was such a sure thing, not even Nate Silver could miss it. On the local level, San Francisco County has consistently gone for the Democratic presidential candidate by a wide margin, along with liberal strongholds like Washington, D.C., the Bronx, and Manhattan. But this year, the San Francisco metropolitan area (which includes Oakland and Hayward) shot to the very top, supporting Hillary Clinton by a whopping 76.7 percent, according to an analysis by Richard Florida in CityLab. The San Jose metro area is in second place, with 72.9 percent support for Hill. The New York metro area comes in at a measly 10th place—with 61.6 percent going for the winner of the popular vote—a total likely depressed by New York’s more conservative suburbs. The Bay Area, you could say, lost the hardest. High fives all around while we ugly-cry.

The metropolitan areas that went for Trump by the biggest percentage are concentrated in the Midwest and the South: Birmingham, Jacksonville, Cincinnati. (The above map, by the way, gives the tallest bars to the places with the most votes overall, which explains why New York’s bar is skyscraper-size despite the state's more meager showing for Hillary.) As Richard Florida points out, “Hillary Clinton won the largest metros, but Donald Trump carried more of them, as well as rural and micropolitan places.” There’s more red on the map, but it’s not very tall. So if you’re one of the 37,000 San Franciscans who supported Trump, CityLab’s map is an argument for the electoral college. If you’re a spurned Hillary supporter, it’s an indictment of the electoral college—and maybe also a call to move to Kansas


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