The Most Liberal and Conservative Cities, Mapped

Washington Post: “The nonpartisan political tech startup, Crowdpac, attempted to rank every city (with a population over 6,000) by looking at which federal and state candidates their city residents have donated to since 1980. (Over 100 million donations in total.)”

“What Crowdpac found probably won’t surprise you; people in cities tend to be more liberal than people in rural areas, and the United States is increasingly divided into two — the liberal coast and the more conservative South and Midwest/Mountain West. According to its rankings, here are the 10 most conservative and most liberal communities in the United States. (You can check your town’s ranking here.)”

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  • Antonin Dvorak

    Tampa is ranked as 0.0C (which I guess is different from 0.0L?) and is 2987th most conservative city (of 4994). St. Pete is 0.2C (2914/4994).

    • CA_Guy

      No wonder Florida is such a battle ground. Go there and you’re entering the Neutral Zone.

      • pisher

        Not the panhandle. But Tampa and St. Pete’s are heavily Cuban, and Cuban Americans are transitioning from conservative to liberal. It was really only the cold war with Castro that made them so conservative, and the GOP’s ever-increasing hostility to Spanish-speakers is leaving them increasingly cold. I really question whether they’d support Rubio, and forget about Cruz.

        • tutoredwhisper

          The Panhandle isn’t as ruby red as one might believe. In the rural and suburban counties like Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, etc., the GOP wins in a landslide in every single election. But, as with the rest of the nation, the larger and more urban areas like Escambia County (Pensacola) and Leon County (Tallahassee) support the GOP noticeably less than the rest of the region. Also, Gadsden County is majority black and overwhelmingly supports Democrats. Escambia County (the most populous in the entire Panhandle) is almost 30% African American. Over time that county will continue trending more and more purple to blue.

  • Robbissimo

    You can hardly call any of these locations “cities”. Most barely register as towns, just small pin pricks on a dusty highway leading to nowhere in particular.

    • pisher

      Which I guess is what allows them to be so pure–any large city has a large liberal and conservative contingent, even if it’s still in the minority overall.

      I had only ever heard of Ridgefield Park and Rosendale, both near to me, and I’ve been to both of them. I didn’t notice anything so terribly different about either. No overt signs of any political bias in either direction. Neither is exactly a hotbed of bohemianism, either. You’d drive right through them and think nothing of it. Though the highways are not dusty. I must take exception to that. Ridgefield Park is sandwiched in-between I-80 and I-95. No dust ever gathers on those thoroughfares, and you can hardly say they’re in the middle of nowhere. 😉

  • confusing how the chart uses 10 to mean “most” and the list uses the same numeral to mean “10th most”

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