Visualizing how a Trade War Would Affect Cities in the United States
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.