The article has the usual large number of stories about individuals and what they think and how their voting may have changed or not. Among the stories it tells are those of people from Aitkin, Minnesota in the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota. Aitkin is the county seat of rural Aitkin County, with a population of 2,597 people. It is about 50 miles west southwest of Duluth, Minnesota. The 8th Congressional District is almost 93% white. We are told by the Wall Street Journal that the median household income is $49,860, compared to the national median of $53,000. We are told that only a bit more than 22% of the people in the district have a Bachelor's degree or higher, compared to a national median of 28.5%. So, we are supposed to conclude that these people are not quite as well-educated as they ought to be and not quite as successful as the average American. So, maybe this is why they are becoming Republicans in larger numbers.
Let us consider the measure of their economic success given as their income. Democrats obsess about materialistic measures such as comparative incomes. But in fact, the people of Aitkin, Minnesota are a bit too sly for the median American. There is a pretty good reason to believe the Wall Street Journal is underestimating them, both their income and their ability to recognize a perfectly fine way of living.
The median household income of $53,000 mentioned is that earned by households with a mean cost of living index of 100. The good people of Aitkin, Minnesota have a local cost of living of 92. Do the math,