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Where your ideology says you should live

A home on a hillside near Bisbee, Ariz., sports solar panels. (Jeff Topping/Reuters)
(Jeff Topping/Reuters)

Last week’s Pew Research Center report detailing the partisanship that increasingly defines American life showed the average American is much more likely to choose to live near people of similar ideological bents. Liberals like living in urban areas, within walking distance of shops and neighbors. Conservatives prefer the wide-open spaces outside the city that puts more distance between themselves and the next-closest house.

But once you’ve identified the state in which you want to live, who’s going to tell you which Zip codes are best for your ideological leanings? Leave that to the good folks at Clarity Campaign Labs.

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That’s right, the Democratic modeling and analytic firm that broke down partisan leanings by first name has now crunched their numbers even further. Answer a few simple questions below, pick your favorite state, and call your real estate agent — their data will show you the Zip code that’s most ideologically in tune with your beliefs.

Here’s an example, from your humble author’s home state of Washington: Let’s take the typical liberal line — Democratic, advocates abortion rights, not a church-goer but concerned with climate change, pro-gun control, pro-tax hike and preferring urban areas. Clarity’s data shows that person should live in the 98102 Zip code, in the heart of Seattle’s progressive Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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Someone with the opposite views — Republican, antiabortion, regular church-goer, climate change skeptic, gun rights backer, low-tax lover who prefers rural areas — would fit in best in the 99330 Zip code, in Eltopia, Wash., just north of the Snake River near Kennewick.

Pretty nifty, huh? Match your beliefs with your home state, or the state you’d most like to move to. Do they match your preconceived notions? Let us know in the comments.

Reid Wilson covers national politics and Congress for The Washington Post. He is the author of Read In, The Post’s morning tip sheet on politics.



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