The Washington Post has created three data visualizations depicting which cities in the United States have the most to gain or lose in a potential trade war caused by President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Two visualizations use data from the Brookings Institute to illustrate the number of export-related jobs in different cities and cities’ dependence on exports, indicating that large metropolitan areas are less reliant on exports compared to their smaller counterparts. The third visualization compares how cities voted in the 2016 presidential election and the percentage of their economy that depends on exports, indicating that a trade war could have substantial political implications. For example, places such as Columbus, Indiana, which is in a county that voted for Trump by a large margin, relies on exports for 50.6 percent of its GDP.
Visualizing how a Trade War Would Affect Cities in the United States
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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