2016

Best Cities for Liberals

Political Cities

Democrats should feel right at home in each of these liberal cities


best cities for liberals

Ranking Criteria

  • 2012 Presidential Election Results
  • Current Political Representation
  • Registered Voters
  • Consumer Habits

Are you part of the #NEVERTRUMP movement? Are you with Hillary? Perhaps you were feeling the Bern in the primaries. If so, the 2016 Best Cities for Liberals list is for you. (If not, try the Best Cities for Conservatives or Best Cities for Moderates.)

The premise, summarized here and outlined more in the overview, is this: In today’s polarized nation it’s easy to get sick of all the partisan bickering. You’re not likely to change many minds, so why not just live somewhere where folks agree with you already?

To find these liberal meccas, we crunched election data, as well as data on political leanings and activities from Esri. Then we worked with Simmons Research to identify a TV network, an automobile brand, a restaurant, a retailer and a magazine that liberals are likely to turn to. That was our “basket of goods.”

Once we established our basket, we found areas that buy these goods in the extreme. We figure that you want to have more in common with your liberal neighbors than your Clinton yard signs. You want to be able to grab some dinner and talk about that cool sloth article you just read in National Geographic.

Thus, here are the results for 2016. Let us know what you think. Are these cities lefty enough for you?

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