These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In America


We looked at recent voting records to see which cities in America are the most liberal.

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It seems like politics is everywhere now in American life. From the constant 24 hr news cycle to the conversations, everyone has an opinion on everything now a days.

On the bright side, you hold the power to change things with your vote. And these cities voted…

For liberals.

Specifically, we wanted to know – which cities in America are bastions of liberal thought? Put differently, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters.

Turns out Washington, DC is the most liberal city in America — not a huge surprise, but not our guess of San Francisco.

After analyzing every single city in America with a population greater than 200,000 — these are the 10 most liberal cities in the country:

  1. Washington
  2. Baltimore (Photos)
  3. Philadelphia (Photos)
  4. San Francisco (Photos)
  5. St. Louis (Photos)
  6. New York (Photos)
  7. New Orleans (Photos)
  8. Oakland (Photos)
  9. Fremont (Photos)
  10. Newark (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Lubbock, TX is the most conservative city of all in America.

And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data. For more on how we ran the numbers, keep on reading. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 most liberal cities in the good ole US of A.

Feel free to check out the best places to live in the country. Or, if you’re into negative (and humorous), you can check out our report on the 10 Worst Places to Live in America.

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How we determined the most liberal cities in America?

We started by making a list of every city in America over 200,000 people based on the 2016 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 112 big cities.

We then measured the voting record and census data to determine which cities lean the most leftward in their allegiances. Basically, what percentage of a city voted liberal in the 2012 election?

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 112, and the winner, Washington, DC, is “The Most Liberal City in America”.

Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?

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1. Washington

Washington, District Of Columbia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 659,009
Percent Liberal: 90.91%

2. Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 621,000
Percent Liberal: 87.19%

3. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,559,938
Percent Liberal: 85.29%

4. San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 850,282
Percent Liberal: 83.53%

5. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 316,030
Percent Liberal: 82.71%

6. New York

New York, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,461,961
Percent Liberal: 82.02%

7. New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 382,922
Percent Liberal: 80.3%

8. Oakland

Oakland, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 412,040
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

9. Fremont

Fremont, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 227,934
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

10. Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 280,139
Percent Liberal: 78.03%

Summing Up All The Liberal Snowflakes

Well there you have it, the big cities in America that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Washington, DC ranking as the least conservative in the entire country.

If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in America:

  1. Lubbock, TX
  2. Plano, TX
  3. Tulsa, OK

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In America

Place Rank Population % Liberal
Washington, DC 1 659,009 90.91%
Baltimore, MD 2 621,000 87.19%
Philadelphia, PA 3 1,559,938 85.29%
San Francisco, CA 4 850,282 83.53%
St. Louis, MO 5 316,030 82.71%
New York, NY 6 8,461,961 82.02%
New Orleans, LA 7 382,922 80.3%
Oakland, CA 8 412,040 78.85%
Fremont, CA 9 227,934 78.85%
Newark, NJ 10 280,139 78.03%
Richmond, VA 11 216,773 77.81%
Jersey City, NJ 12 261,666 77.52%
Boston, MA 13 658,279 77.45%
Laredo, TX 14 251,671 76.56%
Durham, NC 15 251,761 75.8%
Portland, OR 16 620,589 75.37%
Chicago, IL 17 2,714,017 74.0%
Denver, CO 18 663,303 73.59%
Detroit, MI 19 683,443 73.04%
Norfolk, VA 20 245,724 72.02%
Madison, WI 21 246,034 71.03%
San Jose, CA 22 1,009,363 70.1%
Long Beach, CA 23 469,793 69.69%
Los Angeles, CA 24 3,918,872 69.69%
Cleveland, OH 25 389,165 69.42%
Seattle, WA 26 668,849 69.07%
Milwaukee, WI 27 598,672 67.49%
St. Paul, MN 28 297,160 66.33%
El Paso, TX 29 678,058 65.51%
Toledo, OH 30 280,854 64.99%
Atlanta, GA 31 456,378 64.28%
Memphis, TN 32 655,857 62.64%
Minneapolis, MN 33 404,670 62.34%
Montgomery, AL 34 201,717 61.81%
Hialeah, FL 35 235,626 61.65%
Miami, FL 36 432,622 61.65%
Columbus, OH 37 837,038 60.66%
Charlotte, NC 38 808,834 60.65%
Columbus, GA 39 200,303 60.3%
Indianapolis, IN 40 846,674 60.26%
Austin, TX 41 907,779 60.14%
Fayetteville, NC 42 203,670 59.38%
Kansas City, MO 43 471,767 59.04%
Orlando, FL 44 263,306 58.68%
Nashville, TN 45 643,771 58.45%
Sacramento, CA 46 484,530 58.15%
Rochester, NY 47 210,291 57.97%
Greensboro, NC 48 282,177 57.66%
Buffalo, NY 49 258,989 57.31%
Dallas, TX 50 1,278,433 57.11%
Irving, TX 51 232,013 57.11%
Garland, TX 52 234,810 57.11%
Pittsburgh, PA 53 305,305 56.7%
North Las Vegas, NV 54 230,436 56.42%
Henderson, NV 55 277,872 56.42%
Las Vegas, NV 56 613,295 56.42%
Des Moines, IA 57 212,859 56.13%
Stockton, CA 58 301,443 55.75%
Albuquerque, NM 59 556,859 55.63%
Raleigh, NC 60 441,326 54.94%
Louisville, KY 61 611,573 54.83%
Tacoma, WA 62 205,602 54.37%
Aurora, CO 63 351,131 53.9%
Winston-Salem, NC 64 238,474 53.04%
Tampa, FL 65 361,477 52.84%
Chula Vista, CA 66 260,598 52.59%
San Diego, CA 67 1,374,812 52.59%
Tucson, AZ 68 527,586 52.52%
Cincinnati, OH 69 298,011 52.5%
Birmingham, AL 70 212,424 52.5%
San Bernardino, CA 71 214,581 52.47%
Fontana, CA 72 205,228 52.47%
Oxnard, CA 73 204,752 52.28%
St. Petersburg 74 253,585 52.24%
Baton Rouge, LA 75 228,694 51.8%
San Antonio, TX 76 1,439,358 51.56%
Reno, NV 77 237,121 50.79%
Modesto, CA 78 208,512 50.03%
Fresno, CA 79 513,807 49.89%
Chesapeake, VA 80 233,194 49.86%
Aurora, IL 81 200,907 49.73%
Moreno Valley, CA 82 202,061 49.71%
Riverside, CA 83 318,678 49.71%
Houston, TX 84 2,240,582 49.39%
Lexington 85 311,529 49.32%
Lincoln, NE 86 273,018 48.7%
Virginia Beach, VA 87 449,733 47.96%
Jacksonville, FL 88 856,616 47.77%
Corpus Christi, TX 89 320,050 47.63%
Omaha, NE 90 443,072 47.54%
Spokane, WA 91 212,078 45.7%
Santa Ana, CA 92 333,605 45.65%
Anaheim, CA 93 346,776 45.65%
Irvine, CA 94 246,992 45.65%
Chandler, AZ 95 242,131 43.61%
Gilbert, AZ 96 226,832 43.61%
Glendale, AZ 97 239,943 43.61%
Phoenix, AZ 98 1,555,324 43.61%
Scottsdale, AZ 99 234,495 43.61%
Mesa, AZ 100 470,456 43.61%
Anchorage, AK 101 299,321 43.52%
Boise City, ID 102 218,677 42.72%
Oklahoma City, OK 103 620,015 41.67%
Arlington, TX 104 383,899 41.43%
Fort Worth, TX 105 815,930 41.43%
Fort Wayne, IN 106 260,954 40.86%
Bakersfield, CA 107 367,555 40.41%
Wichita, KS 108 388,033 39.35%
Colorado Springs, CO 109 448,759 38.54%
Tulsa, OK 110 399,906 36.32%
Plano, TX 111 279,088 33.49%
Lubbock, TX 112 244,507 28.81%

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