Local Lefty — Nevada County’s Purple People Shop Out of Town

Russ Steele

Our local lefty blogger writes below:

[My comments in brackets]

This eats at some people, but as I often write, our community is “purple” politically — not red. A recent market analysis by Buxton for the City of Grass Valley, discussed at this week’s Council meeting, confirms this notion.

In fact, “steadfast conservatives” — while noteworthy — is outpaced by “urban commuter families” and “professional urbanites.”

We are absolutely a community in transition. We need to elect leaders who get this. Businesses that want to succeed ought to get it too. Our future in this economic “cul de sac” depends on it.

“Based on the spending patterns and consumer habits of households within Grass Valley’s trade area, the following were identified as dominant profiles representing over 60 percent of all trade area households,” the Buxton Report reads.

Urban Commuter Families (22.26%). This segment consists primarily of upscale, college-educated Baby Boomer families and couples. They enjoy leisure and low-impact activities, and prefer to buy functional clothes over designer labels at stores like Sears and JC Penney’s. With a high rate of homeownership, they like to spend at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Pottery Barn. [ Do we have any of these stores in our community, these purple people must be shopping in Roseville.  They do drive to Sacramento and Roseville where they work 5 days a week, it seems logical they would shop there. ] 

Professional Urbanites (14.89%). This segment consists primarily of upper-middle class retirement oasis in the metropolitan sprawl containing very active empty nesting couples and older singles. With most residents over the age of 65, the adults in this cluster boast college degrees with above average incomes. They like to buy clothes at upscale boutique stores like Talbot’s and Ann Taylor and home furnishings from big-box stores like Costco, Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond. [ Ooops we do not have an Ann Taylor or Talbots in Nevada County, nor a Home Depot or Bed, Bath and Beyond, I guess these Purple People are shopping in Roseville.] 

Comfy Country Living (7.54%). This segment consists primarily of empty nesting couples and retirees residing in quite small-town community. Predominantly white households who are married. College-educated with an above average age are solidly middle-class from a mix of well paying white-collar and blue-collar jobs in manufacturing, retail and food services. [ My guess these are the local purple people shoppers.] 

Steadfast Conservatives (7.93%). Home to high-school educated mature singles and couples living in middle-class urban blue collar neighborhoods. A quietly aging cluster, home to mature singles and couples living in midscale urban neighborhoods. Households tend to be white, high school-educated and middle class. [ When I look around the Tea Party Patriots meetings, these are the people I see. They are Republicans, Democrats and Independents, they are Patriots who believe in the Constitution, smaller government, and  fiscal responsibility. They would be very upset to be called purple people by a local lefty.]

I do not think that the Buxton analysis was NOT intended to be political.  However, it maybe an economic analysis that has been highjacked by our local lefty. I find that amusing that the left can determine peoples politics by how they shop?  What wonderful capacity to dupe themselves.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Local Lefty — Nevada County’s Purple People Shop Out of Town

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Proctocraniosis does not support clarity of vision or thought.

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