Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 7.
Housing preferences and prices vary widely across the U.S. -- a disparity even more prominent during this presidential election season.
As many states have shifted their political preferences since the last election and some former red states are shifting from their Republican preference to a blue and Democratic stance, other states remain purple swing states.
Data from Realtor.com, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based real estate company, along with Nielsen Demographics, Nielsen Scarborough and Nielsen Financial demonstrated the geographic and political differences. The 11 swing states are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The states which have the most expensive homes tend to be Democratic strongholds and are located in California and the Northeast with a median household income of $62,564 -- 23% higher than Republican states, which have a median income of $50,820. Swing states have an income of $55,524, 13% higher than that of Red states.
The higher incomes mean homeowners can also afford more expensive homes, and the median home value is $301,000 in Democratic states, which is 91% more than Conservative areas and 59% higher than those middle-of-the-road regions of America. The most expensive homes are in Hawaii, followed by Washington, D.C. and California.
Ohio, an important swing state, has the least expensive homes, followed by the red states of Indiana and Kansas.
"It's amazing to see how the red/blue designation actually reveals fundamental differences in how people live," said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based real estate company. "Where we live and how we live shapes our views and maybe our views influence where we choose to live. It's a bit of a riddle, but it clearly illustrates how difficult it is to have platforms and policies that reflect the interests and values of everyone."