had a paragraph that intrigued the General, to wit:
<< Crime last year increased in all regions, although the 5.7% rise in the Midwest was at least three times any other region's. These states make up the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin. >>
One tends to regard the "Midwest" as a bastion of law & order conservatism. How could this be?
So the General looked to see how these dozen states broke down 'colorwise', politically-speaking (Red or Blue) in the last presidential election.
4 were Blues (IL, MI, MN, & WI) and 8 were Reds (IN, IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, OH, & SD).
Yes, the "Reds" outnumbered the "Blues" by 2:1, but, as the NRA likes to reminds us, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."
So, too, "Dirt (territory) doesn't commit crimes, people commit crimes."
Inasmuch as the FBI's article did not elaborate on the Midwest's constituent state-by-state stats, but only cited it as a 'region', the General examined the Midwest's REDs & BLUEs by their constituent state population stats.
On that basis, here're the findings: (NOTE: The General is employing bullet points "�" as a means of maintaining columnar alignment.)
POPULATION� (Per the U.S. Census Bureau's 2005 Estimates)
"BLUEs" averaged 8,388,308 persons, 106.60% more than the 4,060,218 persons for the "REDs."
ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES�
"BLUEs" averaged (58 � 4 =) 14.50 votes, 75.76% more than the "REDs" average of (66 � 8 =) 8.25 votes.
RACIAL MIX� (weighted average for the color 'block' on a constituent per state basis.)
WHITE: (national average = 75.14%)
BLUE: 80.5% �RED: 86.8%
BLACK: (national average = 12.32%)
BLUE: 11.5% �RED: �8.6%
HISPANIC/LATINO (national average = 12.55%)
BLUE: 6.7% �RED: 2.9%
Examined individually, the 2 most populous BLUE states, IL & MI, also have the highest (double-digit) COMBINED %s of BLACKS & HISPANIC/LATINOS, as do the 3 most populous RED states (OH, IN, & MO). The singular exception to that generalization is Kansas, which ranks 5th among the BLUES, population-wise, and ranks 3rd in the group insofar as its combined total % of Bs & H/Ls are concerned.
� The Census Bureau's 2005 estimates of population and the Electoral College's votes allocated to each state can be found within the following web site: