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You won't see the same neighborhood twice — unless you make a guess on all 10, neighborhoods. Most readers who have played so far are pretty good at this game, at least in certain kinds of places. The precincts that voted overwhelmingly for Donald J.
Trump or just as heavily for Joe Biden were generally the easiest for New York Times readers to identify. In a country that has become increasingly divided along urban-rural lines, country ro with sparse housing are a good bet for Trump territory, while blocks of midrise apartments and row homes are most likely Biden ground. But the closer you get to the political center — in mostly suburban precincts that more narrowly chose one candidate over the other — the harder the game gets.
The chart below shows this pattern. Biden on the left and those that voted most heavily for Mr. Trump on the right. The cities and countryside are both mostly uncontested; all the suspense is in between. That same heuristic would have failed you, however, if we had tried this game 60 years ago.
That simple rule would result in the correct answer about three in four times — better than most humans are doing at the moment. But you can see in the images below the kinds of places Mr. Trump won that Times readers had very little trouble with:. What these photographs have in common: open skies, open spaces, spacious yards.
You may not know these towns by name but you can spot their more rural character. On the other end of the spectrum, these images are from places that Mr. Biden won handily, and that Times readers also nailed:. There are a lot more sidewalks and a lot fewer lawns. Most American voters, however, live somewhere between these sparse and dense extremes. They live here:. Here the yards are more generous, and the streets tend to be tree-lined. The detached homes have driveways and garages many big enough for more than one car.
Some of these suburban-seeming streets may technically be located inside city limits. But they all look relatively alike, and are alike in their purple-ish politics. The places above were decided by less than 20 points in , and they all tripped up readers far more than the neighborhoods with more lopsided . What's important to note is that it is there — in between the two extremes — where most voters actually live:. These more competitive areas are also the places where the stereotypes that American partisans have developed of one another prove less useful.
Just as density has become more predictive of partisanship over time, consumer and lifestyle choices — pickup trucks vs. Priuses , Indian vs. American chain restaurants , broad lawns vs. Some of those als may have helped you in this game. On average, these stereotypes may help you reach the right conclusions about the partisanship of a person or place.
But they miss a lot, too. Among our pictures, there are clear examples where these generalizations will lead you astray. Many Staten Island neighborhoods look like they'd be deeply blue, but they're the opposite. Some distinctly rural places voted decisively for Mr. Biden — on Indian reservations, along the edges of small college towns, across the Southern Black Belt.
In other places, you may have found further details that could help ground you in a more familiar political mental map: Craftsman-style architecture that could put you in the Pacific Northwest, xeriscaping that might mean the Southwest, infant trees typical of newly built exurbs more likely to lean Republican. But we believe these scenes together give a pretty comprehensive tour of where American voters live in this large and varied country. There are places that will, indeed, confirm your stereotypes right back at you. But there are also parts of America where your intuition will do you little good.
Below, find a table illustrating each of the neighborhoods we showed you, along with how its surrounding precinct voted and how well other readers did with the same images. This sample is representative of the vote in both vote margin and population density. There are about the right of urban and rural Trump and Biden precincts. The original images for each location were from Google Street View in March Images may not be perfectly representative of a precinct. There is one image per precinct. Sources: Voter file information from L2; imagery from Google; precinct-level election .
The comments section is closed. To submit a letter to the editor for publication, write to letters nytimes. Thank you for playing. Refresh to try again. We selected 10, American neighborhoods at random. If we dropped you into one of them, could you guess how most people there voted? Biden Trump. This quiz never ends. Show me how I did. Suspiciously superb. Which places readers got right, by vote margin of precinct. Trump precincts that most Times readers guessed right. Biden precincts that most Times readers guessed right.
More competitive, more suburban precincts. This distribution is based on areas with detailed precinct . Places that Times readers most misjudged. All the neighborhoods in this quiz , along with the places you guessed. These locations are limited to places with detailed precinct . How you and other readers fared on the neighborhoods you saw Neighborhood or area Result Pct. Read Comments. Or getting brilliant help. Sage of the suburbs Extraordinary canvassing, friend. Road trip veteran You've seen some things.
Well, you did your best Enjoy this participation trophy. Geo coin-flipper, or close Read up. Then refresh. Impossible to say Answer 15 questions or more next time. The article remains worth it.Just looking to see what is out there
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