Overall, the liberal tilt of big cities is unmistakable. Even cities with conservative reputations (such as Dallas, Santa Ana, Calif. and Cincinnati) are politically left-of-center, if only slightly.

The most liberal cities include (as expected) San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle, Oakland and Boston while the most conservative cities include Mesa, Ariz., Oklahoma City, Virginia Beach and Colorado Springs.

(for a more detailed list, see below)

Big cities in the U.S. tend toward the liberal side of the political spectrum. With cities of 250,000 or more, nearly every one of them ‘leans left’. The question is, “Why?”

According to a 2014 study which appeared in the American Political Science Review by MIT and the University of California at Los Angeles (reported by, it confirms the conventional wisdom that most big cities swing liberal. Why is that?


Seriously – Why are ‘the cities’ much more liberal than elsewhere?
I have opinions – but lets hear yours…

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