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COMMUNITY TYPE

Tractor Country

Characteristics
  • Mostly rural and remote smaller towns with older populations
  • Among the least diverse counties, with a 95 percent white population
  • Areas with much higher-than-average employment in the agriculture sector
  • Reliably Republican voting counties

Community Type Demographics

Ethnicity

Presidential Election Results

2004
  • 31%
  • Kerry in 2004
  • Kerry
  • 68%
  • Bush in 2004
  • Bush
2008
  • 34%
  • Obama in 2008
  • Obama
  • 64%
  • McCain in 2008
  • McCain

Representative Communities

LOCAL PARTNER:

Community Type Comparison

Percent Employed in Agriculture

  • 20%
  • Tractor Country
  • Tractor Country
  • 7.2%
  • College Graduates
  • All Counties
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