With the Republican Convention wrapping up last week and the Democratic Convention kicking-off last night, we wanted to take a look at where top Trump and Clinton campaign contributors may be residing within certain cities across the U.S., as well as how much they may be spending on rent. The first city to look at? Chicago!
Illinois is known as one of the most democratic states in the country and it certainly isn’t any different within the state’s biggest city. During the presidential primary in Illinois, more than 617,000 Cook County residents (the county that includes Chicago for all you non-Chicagoans) voted for Hillary Clinton. Compare that with only 124,000 residents that voted for Donald Trump (the Republican winner there). Furthermore, Bernie Sanders came in second on the democratic side within Cook County with nearly five-times more votes than Trump.
We wanted to go a step further than voting and see where the biggest contributors for both campaigns within Chicago are living. With the help of data from the Federal Election Commission, RadPad has been breaking down campaign contributions to each party through May 31st in Chicago and across the state. In Illinois, Hillary Clinton out raised Donald Trump 62-1, or $7,112,994 to $115,464 through that time.
As we dug further into the data in Chicago we honed in on the 10 zip codes where campaign contributors gave most (total contribution $’s). While the average number of contributions for Clinton’s campaign within these zip codes was 597 versus just 5 Trump, there were still some interesting findings on the zip codes where the candidates biggest supporters are residing, and what percentage of typical rent payments these supporters need to make up in other income to offset the average contribution they’re giving to campaigns.
Let’s Take a Look at the Map:
While there were hundreds to thousands more contributors to Hillary Clinton’s campaign residing within the blue circled zip codes above, they were more concentrated than the ten zip codes where you can find Donald Trump’s top donors (red circles). Clinton’s campaign pulled in the most dollars from supporters living on Lake Shore Drive and alongside Lake Michigan – in the popular and high income areas of Lincoln Park, Old Town, The Gold Coast, The Loop and Navy Pier.
Trump’s largest number of contributions on the other hand came from those residing in the Avondale, Irving Park, Edgerbrook, Back of the Yards and Arcadia Terrace. However, as you can see from some of the overlapping circles on the map, you may still find a few Trump supporters residing in Clinton / Democratic dominated areas alongside Navy Pier, Near North, Lincoln Park, Wrigley and Lake View.
So how much are top campaign contributors paying in rent to reside within these areas? Or how much would you need to pay to live alongside (or far away) from them? Let’s take a look:
Clinton Campaign Contributors:
Clinton contributors within the Chicago zip codes that have given the most to her campaign are making average contributions of $384. This is roughly 18% of the average rent price you’d pay to live alongside Clinton supporters within these ten zips ($1,845/Mo).
Those with the most contributions to the Clinton campaign are residing in the Lincoln Park and Old Town Triangle area (60614). The median household income there is $88,256 compared with the household average across Chicago of $47,831. That may be why the size of their contributions are also on the high-end, averaging $501 per contribution. Or, about 35% of what one can expect to spend in renting a one-bedroom currently within these areas ($1,442/Mo) — very generous!
The next biggest neighborhood for Clinton contributors was the Lake View area (60657), where supporters are donating $237 on average, or 17% of rent within the area ($1,403/Mo). Median income in the area is $78,796.
60611: River North and Near North Side areas around Navy Pier were third on the list in terms of number of contributions to Clinton. The area, which has $85,074 household income, saw contributors giving $588 on average – or 30% of what they spend to rent their — $1,985/Mo.
60610: Fourth on the list for Clinton supporters was the northern section of Near North Side and the Gold Coast. This is actually one of the most expensive places to currently rent in the city with a median one-bedroom currently going for $2,638 / Mo. Household median income within the neighborhood is $75,700 and contributors there are giving about 17% of what they spend on rent to live within the area, with average contributions coming in at $447.
60613: Rounding out the top five neighborhoods to find Clinton supporters in Chicago are Wrigleyville and Buena Park. Rent in this area is a bit cheaper — coming in at $1,273/Mo currently for a one bedroom and $69,032 is the median household income. Contributors there are giving $204 on average or around 16% of what they spend on rent to live in the area.
Trump Campaign Contributors:
Trump contributors within the Chicago zip codes that have given the most to his campaign are making average contributions of $254. This is roughly 16% of the average rent price you’d pay to live alongside Trump supporters within these ten zips ($1,330/Mo).
Those with the most contributions to the Trump campaign are residing in the Avondale, Bricktown, Roscoe Village and Irving Park areas (60618). The median household income there is $56,763, compared with the $88,256 top Clinton contributors are making within the Lincoln Park area.
Rent median in this area is $1,110/Mo versus the $1,442/Mo it costs to rent in Lincoln Park currently. The average contribution to Trump’s campaign from folks residing in this area is $140 (13% of typical rent payments), compared with the $501 Clinton supporters are donating to her within the biggest zip code supporting her campaign.
The next biggest neighborhood for Trump contributors was the familiar area of River North and Near North Side areas around Navy Pier (60611). This was the area that was third on the list for top Clinton contributors. The area, which has a $85,074 median household income, saw contributors giving $258 on average – or 13% of what they spend to rent their — $1,985/Mo. Clinton’s contributors living within this area gave $588 on average.
60654: The River North and River West area was third on the list in terms of number of contributions to Trump. The area, which has one the highest median household income levels in the Chicago area ($92,106) – saw contributors giving $122 on average – or 7% of what they spend to rent their ($1,844/Mo).
60614: Fourth on the list for Trump supporters was the Lincoln Park and Old Town Triangleareas, which was the top area to find Clinton contributors. The median household income there is $88,256. Contributions to Trump in the area averaged $370. Or about 26% of what one can expect to spend in renting a one-bedroom currently within these areas ($1,442/Mo).
60646: Rounding out the top five neighborhoods to find Trump contributors in Chicago are Edgerbrook, Jefferson Park and North Park. Rent in this area was the cheapest of any of the zip codes we looked at for either campaign contributor group — coming in at $860/Mo currently for a one bedroom. The median household income in the area is $72,086. Contributors there are giving $100 on average or around 12% of what they spend on rent to live in the area.
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