We live in a divided country — politically as much as anything else. Polarization has never been more pronounced, only a handful of states are actually competitive in the presidential election, and the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are each essentially guaranteed 46 percent of the vote (or s0).
But our politics are hardly the only things that divide us. The red-state/blue-state dichotomy is just one of many ways in which we perceive clear-cut differences between different parts of the country. Often, these stereotypes are highly regional or coastal and might have political overtones.