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Study Ranks America’s Most Liberal and Conservative Cities
Live Leak ^ | Jan 23 2009 | unknown

Posted on 06/21/2009 1:04:32 AM PDT by Leisler

A new nationwide study released 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 Americas 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, MI, and Provo, UT, epitomize Americas political, economic and racial polarization, says Peter Thai, a BACVR researcher. 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 Americas 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 nations most conservative cities, Texas cements its reputation as Americas 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 citys 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, says 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 says.

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 http://www.votingresearch.org

http://www.votingresearch.org. Americas 25 Most Liberal Cities (in descending order)

Rank City State

1 Detroit Michigan

2 Gary Indiana

3 Berkeley California

4 Washington, D.C. Dist. 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

Americas 25 Most Conservative Cities(in descending order)

Rank City State

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: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Alaska; US: California; US: Illinois; US: Indiana; US: Kansas; US: Michigan; US: New Jersey; US: Oklahoma; US: Pennsylvania; US: Texas
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1 posted on 06/21/2009 1:04:33 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: Leisler

I’d love to see crime rates, tax rates and the economic status of each city government.

My bet is crime and taxes are high for the “liberal” cities and that they also are the most mismanaged economically.


2 posted on 06/21/2009 1:08:07 AM PDT by DB
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To: Leisler
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3 posted on 06/21/2009 1:12:29 AM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: Leisler

Interesting, thanks.

If Texas withdraws from the Union, that will leave the remainder of the US with even fewer conservative cities. That might be good for Texas, but hard on what remains of the United States.


4 posted on 06/21/2009 1:12:52 AM PDT by FFranco (To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness.)
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To: Leisler

I have lived in the Seattle area since 1989. At the time it was ranked as America’s “most liveable city.” I can tell you now it is rapidly descending into an inner city dump, just like the ones I used to know in the northeast. And they’re on the most liberal list, too.


5 posted on 06/21/2009 1:13:50 AM PDT by Catmom
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To: FFranco
If Texas withdraws from the Union, that will leave the remainder of the US with even fewer conservative cities. That might be good for Texas, but hard on what remains of the United States.

Especially if you live in LibLand (Massachusetts) like me. If you guys withdraw and leave me here, then you won't have to worry about the Liberals. I'll hunt you down myself.

6 posted on 06/21/2009 1:17:30 AM PDT by csense
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To: csense
Head south my FRiend, head south.
7 posted on 06/21/2009 1:22:12 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Hamish; "Where are you going?" William: "I'm going to pick a fight!")
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To: DB

I think it would be helpful to know which cities are growing and which are declining in population, although I know places like Bakersfield are not growing like they were before the current recession.


8 posted on 06/21/2009 1:23:59 AM PDT by married21
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To: Leisler

20 Clearwater Florida

Heck thats right across the bay from me. I always thought they were liberal compared to this side.


9 posted on 06/21/2009 1:25:45 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Markos33

Believe me, I’d love to get the hell out of here...


10 posted on 06/21/2009 1:25:56 AM PDT by csense
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To: Leisler

Most states didn’t have any cities on the most conservative list, but California had seven. Hmmmmm....


11 posted on 06/21/2009 1:26:07 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Leisler
Interesting California had the most, "Most Liberal" (4) 3 north, 1 south

And California had the most "Most Conservative (7) all south

Break up California in to Northern and Southern and the Southern part has a chance

12 posted on 06/21/2009 1:30:10 AM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: csense
Then get the hell out then! Things are only going to get worse in that Red Enclave, formerly known as the great state of Massachusetts.

There's plenty of room down here below the Mason Dixon for more good Conservatives like yourself.

13 posted on 06/21/2009 1:35:50 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Hamish: "Where are you going?" William: "I'm going to pick a fight!")
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To: Prokopton

Not one state in the southeast had a city on the conservative list other than Florida. I found that pretty interesting, though that does fit in with the author’s thesis. There just aren’t many “white” cities in the South - the South has a large black population and is much more geographically integrated than the rest of the country.


14 posted on 06/21/2009 1:36:31 AM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: married21

Was Bakersfield growing before the recession?

I certainly wouldn’t want to live there...


15 posted on 06/21/2009 1:37:15 AM PDT by DB
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To: tophat9000

That’s the plan. But those geniuses in Suckramento dont want to do that and want Mexifornia dependent on this illegal alien-infested and corrupt state.


16 posted on 06/21/2009 1:37:36 AM PDT by max americana
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To: Markos33

I like Glenn Beck’s idea. The conservatives get 25 and the libs get 25. Split, see how it turns out.


17 posted on 06/21/2009 1:39:51 AM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: Leisler

Can you really have meaningful comparisons between places like Detroit and Peoria, Arizona. I’m not even certain all of those sites on the conservative list actually qualify as “cities”.


18 posted on 06/21/2009 1:41:14 AM PDT by tlb
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To: Leisler

“Provo is overwhelmingly white and solidly middle class.”

And this is a problem WHY??????


19 posted on 06/21/2009 1:41:31 AM PDT by antiunion person (The Obama administration is the same as a cosmic black hole.)
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To: Coleus

NJ with 2 liberal mentions. Surprised Camden didn’t make the list.


20 posted on 06/21/2009 1:43:04 AM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: Leisler

tl;dr

random thought, most of the “liberal” cities I have lived in have had the worst cases of “police brutality” on record

idk


21 posted on 06/21/2009 1:43:14 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (Hey there, White House Ha Ha Charade you are)
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To: Leisler

glad to see my part of the world represented on the conservative side. Gilbert/Chandler, AZ.


22 posted on 06/21/2009 1:43:14 AM PDT by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: Leisler
This is just a dumb article all the way around. Liberals live in cities, conservatives don't.

If you want to prove the liberal bias of the msm (although this article comes off some non-mainstream website), all you have to do is notice how they constatly run articles that only look at cities with populations over 100,000 (or 50k, 500k, etc.). This is where the libs live. You couldn't pay a real genuine god-fearing middle-American to live in a big city. Zoning and hillbillies just don't get along too well.

23 posted on 06/21/2009 1:44:26 AM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: Markos33

I will, in time. I have a younger sister in South Carolina whom I’m very close to. She’s always asking me to come down, but most of my family is still here. That may change in the not too distant future, and when that does, then I’ll probably leave. That is, if this idiot in the White House doesn’t plunge us into a depression first...


24 posted on 06/21/2009 1:44:59 AM PDT by csense
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To: Leisler

It doesn’t take much of a “study” to figure this out.

Cities these day are essentially concentrated parasite nests. The cities with the most parasites, ie., people who rudely demand that thuggish big government confiscate their neighbors’ money and “redistribute” it to them, are the most “liberal”.

Cities with the highest percentage of people who work hard, pay taxes, and want government out of their faces and out of their wallets are the most “conservative”.

It’s just a matter of counting up the numbers.


25 posted on 06/21/2009 1:46:50 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: j. earl carter

“You couldn’t pay a real genuine god-fearing middle-American to live in a big city.”

Hey, I take offense at that. Not cool. HAHAHA. I live in a city with a population of anywhere from 750k to 800k. It is an extremely liberal city. Surprised it didn’t make the list.


26 posted on 06/21/2009 1:48:35 AM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: FreeSouthernAmerican
I see what Glenn is saying, but I like Markos33’s idea better...

The last group standing gets it all, and that includes Canada and Mexico. We'll have to let a few of the libs live of course, who else are we going to put on the chain gangs to clean up the mess in the aftermath?

27 posted on 06/21/2009 1:53:10 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Hamish: "Where are you going?" William: "I'm going to pick a fight!")
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To: Markos33

I could totally see us doing what Glenn says and after a short time them coming back with tails tucked between legs. I think its funny that most donor states are conservative and most receiver states are liberal.


28 posted on 06/21/2009 1:56:25 AM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: FreeSouthernAmerican
Perhaps my comments were carelessly strong. People do have to get jobs to support their families. Sometimes you have to go where the work is.

The point is that the msm regularly runs stories that pretend that small town America doesn't exist.

29 posted on 06/21/2009 1:58:45 AM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: j. earl carter

No doubt. I don’t take offense easily. I should have put an /s in there. I assumed that the HAHAHA was sufficient. My mistake. I do hear you though, if I could find a job like I have now out in a country community I would be there in a heartbeat.


30 posted on 06/21/2009 2:00:45 AM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: Leisler

Maybe white conservatives need to shun birth control and have larger families.


31 posted on 06/21/2009 2:01:57 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: sionnsar; Libertina; Just Lori; 4woodenboats; SW6906
Americas 25 Most Liberal Cities (in descending order)

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14 Baltimore Maryland

15 New Haven Connecticut

16 Seattle Washington

17 Chicago Illinois

18 Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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(The distant sound that you may hear is a stoat beating it's head on a desk)

32 posted on 06/21/2009 2:02:07 AM PDT by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

I feel your pain. Though I’m sure not to the extent that you are.


33 posted on 06/21/2009 2:03:38 AM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: Leisler
Americas 25 Most Conservative Cities(in descending order)
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12 Allentown Pennsylvania

Well, that's very interesting. Allentown has a large Hispanic population which has largely taken over the "central city", such as it is. I suppose a poll like this all depends on who you ask.

34 posted on 06/21/2009 2:06:56 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Calpernia

“NJ with 2 liberal mentions. Surprised Camden didn’t make the list.”

The list is for cities with 100,000 population. The last I heard Camden had 87,000, probably less now.


35 posted on 06/21/2009 2:50:41 AM PDT by Lynne
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To: Lynne

With all the phantom employees and voters in Camden, I’m sure it is well over 100,000.


36 posted on 06/21/2009 3:10:32 AM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: driftdiver

Growing up in Tampa, we always viewed the beaches as more liberal. Maybe it had something to do with the size of the girls’ swimsuits.


37 posted on 06/21/2009 3:14:08 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: Leisler

And if anything, the radical leftist Kenyan has just pulled Blacks further to the left.


38 posted on 06/21/2009 3:14:28 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Leisler

I notice that there are 3 in Orange County California. Not bad.


39 posted on 06/21/2009 3:20:18 AM PDT by NathanR
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To: Leisler

Provo Utah.....might be worth moving to.


40 posted on 06/21/2009 3:48:41 AM PDT by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: DB
Do you really need to see the stats? Having been to Detroit, Gary, Washington, Newark, Flint, Cleveland, and about a dozen more on the list I know they are pits.
This article may be the most depressing thing ever posted on Free Republic, because it really points out the tragic state this country is in. Our future really is one out of the movie, “Escape from New York”.
41 posted on 06/21/2009 3:52:44 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - MARSOC DAD)
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To: DB

“My bet is crime and taxes are high for the “liberal” cities and that they also are the most mismanaged economically.”

I’d bet a bundle on that horse too!!


42 posted on 06/21/2009 3:53:41 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: Bushwacker777
Or get out of the way of planned parenthood.
43 posted on 06/21/2009 3:55:05 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - MARSOC DAD)
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To: dr_lew

I know a lot of people who used to live in Allentown, but I don’t know anyone who wants to live there.


44 posted on 06/21/2009 3:59:37 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Leisler
With the exception of Berkeley and San Francisco the top 10 liberal cities also make the top 20 for murders.

Link

45 posted on 06/21/2009 4:06:06 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: DB

See post 45.


46 posted on 06/21/2009 4:07:32 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: tlb

“Can you really have meaningful comparisons between places like Detroit and Peoria, Arizona. I’m not even certain all of those sites on the conservative list actually qualify as “cities”.”

I was in Detroit earlier this year, not sure it qualifies as a city...looked like a ghost town to me.


47 posted on 06/21/2009 4:15:58 AM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: dr_lew
12 Allentown Pennsylvania -- Well, that's very interesting. Allentown has a large Hispanic population which has largely taken over the "central city", such as it is. I suppose a poll like this all depends on who you ask.

The whole Lehigh Valley is very Democrat. I won't say Liberal in the sense of Cambridge or Berkeley, but they vote reliably Democrat on most things. I live and work in the LV, and while I know conservatives, everyone I work with is Democrat. Lots of Italians here, almost always Democrat no matter what, and lots of old union families (Beth. Steel leftovers).

48 posted on 06/21/2009 4:22:00 AM PDT by Old_Grouch (62 and AARP-free)
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To: DB

I have no doubt you are correct.


49 posted on 06/21/2009 4:23:42 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Old_Grouch

I mean, to say that Allentown, PA is more conservative than, say, Tulsa, OK, is nuts.


50 posted on 06/21/2009 4:23:49 AM PDT by Old_Grouch (62 and AARP-free)
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