The Rushmore Report – The Ten Most Liberal and Conservative Cities in America


New York City may be less liberal than you thought. At least according to The Economist, which pulled data from an MIT study on how city governments reflect their constituents’ politics to produce a ranking of cities with populations of over 250,000. As The Economist asked, “Would people expect Washington, DC, Seattle, or Boston to finish first?” The answer is none of the above. Here’s the complete list . . .

As several articles have pointed out, the real takeaway was first called out by the PEW Research Center and then elaborated on by Vox: the most conservative cities are skewed toward being more liberal than one might expect. The how-much-wood-could-a-woodchuck-chuck way to say this is: the most conservative cities are not as conservative as the most liberal cites are liberal.

So here’s the list of the ten most liberal and the ten most conservative cities in America.

The Ten Most Conservative Cities

1. Mesa, Arizona

2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

3. Virginia Beach, Virginia

4. Colorado Springs, Colorado

5. Jacksonville, Florida

6. Arlington, Texas

7. Anaheim, California

8. Omaha, Nebraska

9. Tulsa, Oklahoma

10. Aurora, Colorado

The Ten Most Liberal Cities

1. San Francisco, California

2. Washington, D.C.

3. Seattle, Washington

4. Oakland, California

5. Boston, Massachusetts

6. Minneapolis, Minnesota

7. Detroit, Michigan

8. New York, New York

9. Buffalo, New York

10. Baltimore, Maryland

About the Author

Naomi Shavin is a reporter and researcher for The New Republic. Before this assignment, Naomi was a Forbes editorial intern and writer for various periodicals for Penn University.


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