Is St. Louis Better Off with Obama or Romney? There's an App For That


But you'd still have to live in Maplewood...
  • But you'd still have to live in Maplewood...
If Romney takes the White House this November, you'll want to be a Maplewood resident. 

According to an app developed by two students from the University of California, Berkeley, the benefits of another term for Obama vs a new start with Romney will be felt very differently, zip code by zip code, in a socially stratified city like St. Louis. 

Politify uses non-partisan economic models from each candidates' proposed tax plan to give a projection of how each administration might impact your personal wealth or affect your neighborhood. 

  • via Politify 
Sure, it ain't an exact science--you never know if you'll lose your job next year, if the U.S. will go to war again, or whether Todd Akin and Paul Ryan overturn Medicare-- but, hey, it's pretty interesting stuff.

The user-friendly app can also spit out a personal financial forecast for how a Romney or Obama presidency might hit your wallet. The app--which was just released today under the advisement of Pandora co-founder Will Glaser; Professor Emmanuel Saez, a MacArthur Genius Fellow, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich--culls information from federal survey data and census reports to make projections about how households and zipcodes could be impacted by specific fiscal policy changes. The app also attempts to account for federal services like education, health care, and social security.

For someone making an average St. Louis salary of $27,242 per year, Politfy says Obama is your guy:
Benefits start to even out when you can bring home $42,500:
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