Their largest population is in Michigan and Ohio, the base of the U.S. auto industry, and the home of one of every five robots in the U.S., Axios' Steve LeVine writes.
In all, the auto industry accounts for nearly half of all industrial robots in use in the country, with Detroit alone having almost five times the number of any other major U.S. city (see the enormous red circle), per a new Brookings study.
- There's dense concentration in the industrial upper Midwest, Northeast and Upper South, along with the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas.
- As you see in the map, vast parts of the country have none, while a few secondary cities, like Kokomo (auto parts) and Elkhart-Goshen (RVs) in Indiana, have 35 robots for every 1,000 people (even Detroit has just 8.5).
- "They aren't everywhere," said Mark Muro, senior fellow at Brookings, told Axios. "They are in industrial parts of the country associated with heightened social and labor market anxiety."
The politics of robots: Brookings found that robot and broader economic anxiety is highest in "red" states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — where the 2016 election's outcome was determined. In fact, robot incidence in red states that voted for Trump is more than twice that in the blue states that voted for Clinton.