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NEW STUDY RANKS AMERICA’S MOST LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE CITIES
Bay Area Center for Voting Research ^ | August 11, 2005 | Bay Area Center for Voting Research

Posted on 08/11/2005 1:13:23 PM PDT by TheMole

BERKELEY, CA – A new nationwide study released today by the nonpartisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research (BACVR) ranks the political leanings of every American city and finds that Detroit, Michigan is the most liberal and Provo, Utah the most conservative.

In all, the BACVR researchers examined voting patterns of 237 American cities with populations of over 100,000 and ranked them each on liberal and conservative scales.

The list of America’s most liberal cities is dominated by cities with large African American populations that are concentrated in the Northeast, Midwest and California. Conversely, the study found that the staunchest conservative cities are clustered in the South and interior West and have extremely low numbers of African American residents.

“Detroit and Provo epitomize America’s political, economic and racial polarization,” said Jason Alderman a BACVR director. “As the most conservative city in America, Provo is overwhelmingly white and solidly middle class. This is in stark contrast to Detroit, which is impoverished, black and the most liberal.” Gary, Indiana, a rust belt former steel town, comes in as America’s second most liberal city, followed by Berkeley, California, which ranks third. Washington, D.C. comes in as the fourth most liberal and Oakland, California comes in fifth.

On the list of the nation’s most conservative cities, Texas cements its reputation as America’s most rock-ribbed state, having three cities in the top five. Lubbock and Abilene, Texas rank as the second and third most conservative cities, respectively, followed by Hialeah, Florida in fourth place and Plano, Texas in fifth.

BACVR researchers found a direct correlation between a city’s political ideology and its racial makeup. “The great political divide in America today is not red vs. blue, north vs. south, costal vs. interior or even rich vs. poor – it is now clearly black vs. white,” said Phil Reiff, a BACVR director.

“While there are a few liberal cities without large African American populations, these wind up being the exceptions. College towns like Berkeley and Cambridge have modest black populations but remain bastions of upper middle-class, white, intellectual liberalism. These liberal white communities, however, are more reminiscent of penguins clustering together around a shrinking iceberg than of a vibrant and growing political movement,” Reiff said.

The Bay Area Center for Voting Research is a nonpartisan think tank based in Berkeley, California. A full copy of the report and the complete list of rankings for all 237 cities are available at www.votingresearch.org.

America’s 25 Most Liberal Cities
(in descending order)
1 Detroit Michigan
2 Gary Indiana
3 Berkeley California
4 Washington, D.C.
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

America’s 25 Most Conservative Cities
(in descending order)
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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bayarea; conservativecities; liberalcities; study; topten; zaq
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1 posted on 08/11/2005 1:13:24 PM PDT by TheMole
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To: TheMole

The makers of this list have obviously never been to Austin, Texas. It should definitely be in the top 25 liberal.


2 posted on 08/11/2005 1:14:34 PM PDT by al_c
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To: TheMole

>>Lubbock and Abilene, Texas rank as the second and third most conservative cities

How does that explain Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, who's from Lubbock?


3 posted on 08/11/2005 1:14:43 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: TheMole

>> 10 Flint Michigan

Michael Moore


4 posted on 08/11/2005 1:15:38 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: TheMole

19 Corona California

My home town made 19th most conservative. WOW!


5 posted on 08/11/2005 1:15:49 PM PDT by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: TheMole; cowboy_code
WHOA!!!

SIMI VALLEY made the LIST??? WHOOO HOOO! PING.

6 posted on 08/11/2005 1:16:35 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Guns kill and cause crime? Dang, mine must be malfunctioning....)
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To: TheMole

Look at the Conservative ones. Provo? Gilbert? Escondido?


7 posted on 08/11/2005 1:16:47 PM PDT by Jaysun (Democrats: We must become more effective at fooling people.)
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To: FeliciaCat

No wonder why Detroit is such a toilet


8 posted on 08/11/2005 1:16:51 PM PDT by Rosemont
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To: raccoonradio

that's just one person. There are probably 25 conservatives for every liberal there.


9 posted on 08/11/2005 1:17:24 PM PDT by Lemondropkid31
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To: TheMole
CA cities comprise 4 of the top 25 most liberal cities but 7 of the top 25 most conservative cities.
10 posted on 08/11/2005 1:17:53 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: TheMole

I live in 5th most conserv! YES


11 posted on 08/11/2005 1:17:57 PM PDT by G32
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To: FeliciaCat

I can see Philly being on the list of Lib cities, but how did we beat New York? (If only we could do so on the field!)


12 posted on 08/11/2005 1:18:02 PM PDT by Sterm26 (Recount Pennsylvania! (And Wisconsin!))
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To: al_c

That shows you how bad these 25 are lol.


13 posted on 08/11/2005 1:18:16 PM PDT by Lemondropkid31
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To: TheMole; governsleastgovernsbest; bentfeather; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; ...
Lies, damn lies and statistics.

Because the study only ranked cities with populations over 100,000, many of America's most liberal cities are actually left off the list, including, most notably, Ithaca, the City of Evil.


14 posted on 08/11/2005 1:18:25 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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22. Providence, Rhode Island

Boy I am ashamed, but knew as much anyway.

15 posted on 08/11/2005 1:19:24 PM PDT by JimWforBush (Alcohol - For the best times you'll never remember)
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To: Lemondropkid31

Good point!


16 posted on 08/11/2005 1:19:50 PM PDT by al_c
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To: TheMole

It would be interesting in rating the quality of life, income, health, crime, etc. of these two lists...


17 posted on 08/11/2005 1:19:52 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: TheMole

Hialeah, Fla?? LOL!

We make fun of Hialeah all the time.


18 posted on 08/11/2005 1:19:53 PM PDT by Dolphan ("If you get caught in the thunderstorm, please move inside, fast! " - 1360 WKAT)
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To: TheMole

We didn't make the top 10? That's a shock.


19 posted on 08/11/2005 1:19:58 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

My thoughts exactly. There's already a thread going on this, and Ithaca is missing.


20 posted on 08/11/2005 1:20:19 PM PDT by RedBeaconNY (Vous parlez trop, mais vous ne dites rien.)
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