Where the people are
If half the people live in these blue shaded areas of the country can they really be called "elites"?
Using Census data, we've figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000.
Here's the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them.
It's even more stark than it appears. Within those counties the humans are clustered in even smaller areas. These are what we call "cities" and contrary to popular myth, they are as "real" as the rest of America.