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COMMUNITY TYPE

Monied 'Burbs

Characteristics
  • Wealthier with a median household income of $15,000 above the national county average
  • Highly educated
  • Less diverse than America as a whole
  • Full of swing voters that voted Democratic in the 2008 presidential election

Community Type Demographics

Ethnicity

Presidential Election Results

2004
  • 50%
  • Kerry in 2004
  • Kerry
  • 49%
  • Bush in 2004
  • Bush
2008
  • 55%
  • Obama in 2008
  • Obama
  • 44%
  • McCain in 2008
  • McCain

Representative Communities

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Community Type Comparison

Median Household Income

  • $51,234
  • College and Careers
  • Monied Burbs
  • $36,934
  • College Graduates
  • National
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Wealthy Suburbs May Not Hold the Key to 2010 Elections

Home of famously independent (or fickle) voters, the decisions voters make in Patchwork Nation's Monied Burbs can often decide an election. But looking at voter trends, 2010 is shaping up to be a very different kind of election, one perhaps driven less by the wealthy, somewhat muddled middle and ...

The Housing Market and the 'Real' Recovery

Standing in the spring of 2010 looking around at the economy, we think it's worth asking: What does a recovery look like? There have been positive signs lately - the auto industry looks much better and consumer confidence numbers are up - but concerns remain.

Obama Approval Ratings Vary Across Communities

One thing seems clear from a look at President Obama's approval ratings: He is not as popular in April 2010 as he was in April 2009. Much of that is to be expected, of course: The presidential honeymoon often doesn't last that long.
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