Top Conservative And Liberal Cities In The United States

November 12, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

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Are your political views aligned with the voting statistics of your nearest city or metro/suburban proximity to that city? Do you fit in? Are you planning to move and are curious about the political viewpoints of your new area? Or are you simply curious to know which are the top conservative and liberal cities in the U.S.?

Here’s your answer…


 
The top twenty five conservative cities in America share many common characteristics, including larger than average Caucasian populations, a large percentage of married couples, smaller city size, and higher income and education level than average.

The top twenty five conservative cities come primarily from the South, non-coastal areas of the West, and Southern California, which is indicative of a conservative voting trend in these two regions…according to the Bay Area Center for Voting Research.

 
The twenty-five most liberal cities in the United States share much different characteristics than their conservative counterparts—many have large African American populations, large portions of the populations are single, many are larger cities located in urban environments, and lower average levels of income and education are prevalent.

The top twentyfive liberal cities come mostly from the traditionally liberal Northeast and West coast, with a surprising number of cities near the top coming from the Midwest…according to BACVR.

 
Each of he following lists of top 50 conservative and liberal cities represent nearly 20% the number of cities in the United States with populations over 100,000.

 

Top 50 Conservative Cities Overall

1 Provo Utah
2 Lubbock Texas
3 Abilene Texas
4 Hialeah Florida
5 Plano Texas
6 Colorado Springs Colorado
7 Gilbert Arizona
8 Bakersfield California
9 Lafayette Louisiana
10 Orange California
11 Escondido California
12 Allentown Pennsylvania
13 Mesa Arizona
14 Arlington Texas
15 Peoria Arizona
16 Cape Coral Florida
17 Garden Grove California
18 Simi Valley California
19 Corona California
20 Clearwater Florida
21 West Valley City Utah
22 Oklahoma City Oklahoma
23 Overland Park Kansas
24 Anchorage Alaska
25 Huntington Beach California
26 Lancaster California
27 Tulsa Oklahoma
28 Rancho Cucamonga California
29 Garland Texas
30 Wichita Kansas
31 Santa Clarita California
32 Fullerton California
33 Corpus Christi Texas
34 Carrollton Texas
35 Anaheim California
36 Clarksville Tennessee
37 Jacksonville Florida
38 Glendale Arizona
39 Waco Texas
40 Pasadena Texas
41 Chesapeake Virginia
42 Scottsdale Arizona
43 Springfield Missouri
44 Fort Wayne Indiana
45 Naperville Illinois
46 Oceanside California
47 Chandler Arizona
48 Costa Mesa California
49 Modesto California
50 Sioux Falls South Dakota

 

Top 50 Liberal Cities Overall

1 Detroit Michigan
2 Gary Indiana
3 Berkeley California
4 District of Columbia
5 Oakland California
6 Inglewood California
7 Newark New Jersey
8 Cambridge Massachusetts
9 San Francisco California
10 Flint Michigan
11 Cleveland Ohio
12 Hartford Connecticut
13 Paterson New Jersey
14 Baltimore Maryland
15 New Haven Connecticut
16 Seattle Washington
17 Chicago Illinois
18 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
19 Birmingham Alabama
20 St. Louis Missouri
21 New York New York
22 Providence Rhode Island
23 Minneapolis Minnesota
24 Boston Massachusetts
25 Buffalo New York
26 New Orleans Louisiana
27 Ann Arbor Michigan
28 Jersey City New Jersey
29 Portland Oregon
30 Daly City California
31 Atlanta Georgia
32 Dallas Texas
33 Hayward California
34 Madison Wisconsin
35 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
36 St. Paul Minnesota
37 Los Angeles California
38 Rochester New York
39 Memphis Tennessee
40 Milwaukee Wisconsin
41 Vallejo California
42 Dayton Ohio
43 Bridgeport Connecticut
44 Springfield Massachusetts
45 Syracuse New York
46 Jackson Mississippi
47 Jackson Mississippi
48 Akron Ohio
49 Denver Colorado
50 Richmond Virginia

 

Top 10 Liberal Major Cities (over 300,000 population)

1. Detroit
2. D.C.
3. Oakland
4. San Francisco
5. Cleveland
6. Baltimore
7. Seattle
8. Chicago
9. Philadelphia
10. St. Louis

Top 10 Conservative Major Cities (over 300,000 population)

1. Colorado Springs
2. Mesa
3. Arlington
4. Oklahoma City
5. Tulsa
6. Wichita
7. Anaheim
8. Jacksonville
9. Omaha
10. Houston

 
data acquired via Center for Voting Research (BACVR)

 
Another way to look at the political landscape is a very interesting one… a ‘cartogram’, where the area of spaces on a map is determined by a variable other than geographic area. In this case, it’s population: Make the most populous counties proportionately larger than the least populous counties.

84 percent of Americans live in the largest 25 percent of counties. 50 percent of the population lives in 5 percent of counties.

 
Here is the traditional red-blue (conservative-liberal) map of counties and how they voted overall…
united-states-counties-voting-map

Here is the same map but a cartogram which takes into account the population contained within each county…
united-states-counties-voting-map-cartogram

And even more telling, perhaps the best, is the following map which shows the same cartogram but includes the margin of victory. This map truly shows the blend and stark differences of the United States overall…
united-states-counties-voting-map-cartogram-margin-of-victory