Counties Are Not The Same

Why winning a lot of counties doesn’t mean much.

Biden won about 500 counties. Trump won about 2400. It’s a striking statistic that boils down to two distinct facts. First, “county” doesn’t mean the same thing in different states. Second, even within the same state, counties are very far from equal.

In general, the largest numbers of counties are found in the southeastern states and the Midwest. Northeastern and western states have the fewest counties…