chapter  3
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Geographic Partisan Sorting: Empirical Evidence from Individual Data

The previous chapter made the case that the political characteristics of a community are meaningful determinants of migratory behavior. We now know that migration within the United States is not determined exclusively by economic considerations-though economics remains an important constraint, as people will not move to communities where they cannot make a living. Migration can also be motivated by quality-of-life concerns, one of which is the homophilous tendency of migrants-the desire of people to live among others like themselves. This has been demonstrated along a number of different individual attributes, race being the most studied of them.