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Most liberal and conservative cities your's among them?
Bay Area Center for Voting Research | 8-16 | Study

Posted on 08/16/2005 5:52:26 AM PDT by meandog


Detroit tops liberal list; Provo, UT most conservative

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 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 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

America’s 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

America’s 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

KEYWORDS: cities; conservatives; liberals; topten; urban
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Some surprises for me: Gary, Ind., and Detroit edging out Berkeley and Washington; Brimingham, Buffalo, Providence,Cleveland on liberal list ?... Huntington Beach, Garden Grove on conservative list?
1 posted on 08/16/2005 5:52:27 AM PDT by meandog
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To: meandog

Damn, not a single Virginia city made EITHER list...

2 posted on 08/16/2005 5:55:57 AM PDT by CTOCS (This space left intentionally blank...)
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To: meandog

Bakersfield = #8 on Conservative list.

It might be surprising how many conservatives are in California.

3 posted on 08/16/2005 5:57:07 AM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: meandog

CCINO (prounouched Cheeno) - - Conservative City In Name Only

Home to alot of RINO's

4 posted on 08/16/2005 5:57:49 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (
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To: Utah Girl

Here ya go...

5 posted on 08/16/2005 5:58:05 AM PDT by glock rocks (Let's light this candle.)
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To: meandog
Some surprises for me: Gary, Ind., ... on liberal list ?...

Surprised me as well. I suspect that Gary has become Chicago's overflow area.

6 posted on 08/16/2005 5:58:37 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem!)
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To: meandog

The City of Evil (Ithica) is not on the list??????? Give me a break.

7 posted on 08/16/2005 5:59:24 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: meandog

I can't believe that Richmond, Virginia didn't make the top 25 conservative list!

8 posted on 08/16/2005 5:59:37 AM PDT by USArmySpouse
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To: meandog

Woo hoo! Cape Coral representin'!

9 posted on 08/16/2005 5:59:43 AM PDT by Sam's Army
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To: RepublicanMensan

The City of Richmond isn't all that conservative, it's the West End which is technically Henrico county that is conservative.

10 posted on 08/16/2005 6:00:55 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Always Right

Indeed. Why is New York so low?...

11 posted on 08/16/2005 6:01:53 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: meandog

I was born and raised near Allentown PA. There's no way it's among the Top 25 conservative cities - while it was Pat Toomey's district I believe it also went for Kerry in 2004. That must be an error.

12 posted on 08/16/2005 6:02:01 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: meandog

Looks like lists of the 25 largest cities(liberal) and the 25 smallest.(conservative)
Must have been massive voter fraud for the elections to turn out the way they did!

13 posted on 08/16/2005 6:02:40 AM PDT by Straight8 (It's amazing what you can do, if you don't know what you can't do!)
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To: meandog

Subject: History explained

Humans existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gathers. They
lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and, would go to the coast
and live on fish and lobster in winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer
and the invention of the wheel.

The wheel was invented to get men to the beer.

These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the
catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups: Liberals
and Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered it required grain, and that was the beginning of

Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our
early human ancestors were sitting around waiting for them to be invented,
they just stayed close to the brewery.

That's how villages were formed. Some men spent their days tracking and
killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer.

This was the beginning of what is known as "the Conservative movement."

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off
the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's doing the sewing,
fetching and hair dressing.

This was the beginning of the Liberal movement. Some of these liberal men
eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as "girlymen".

Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the
invention of group therapy and group hugs, and the concept of Democratic
voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives

Over the years, conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most
powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white
wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well
done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.

Another interesting revolutionary side note: most of their women have higher
testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury
attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are
liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it
wasn't "fair" to make the pitcher also bat.
Conservatives drink domestic beer.
They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are
big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen,
medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, soldiers, athletes,
and generally anyone who works productively outside government.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work
for a living. Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to "govern" the
producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe
Europeans are more enlightened than Americans are. That is why most of the
liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America.
Liberals crept in after the Wild West was tamed, and created a business of
trying to get MORE for nothing. Here ends today's lesson in world history.

14 posted on 08/16/2005 6:02:52 AM PDT by ElCapusto (For ENGLISH, press one.)
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To: bannie

oh yea? so why is their government so liberal?

15 posted on 08/16/2005 6:07:52 AM PDT by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: RepublicanMensan
I can't believe that Richmond, Virginia didn't make the top 25 conservative list!

...with Mayor Douglas L. Wilder?

16 posted on 08/16/2005 6:08:09 AM PDT by meandog (FOR LURKING DUers)
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To: meandog
St Louis edges out NYC, Providence, & Boston?!?!?

Looks like wishful thinking to me.

17 posted on 08/16/2005 6:09:15 AM PDT by Milhous
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To: meandog
8 Cambridge Massachusetts

Cambridge? I am not so sure. The center of Political Correctness is Newton. Cambridge is far behind, even if it has some leftists distributiong their propaganda on the street corners.

19 posted on 08/16/2005 6:10:09 AM PDT by A. Pole (" There is no other god but Free Market, and Adam Smith is his prophet ! ")
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To: NittanyLion

Same story as you and I was thinking the same thing.

20 posted on 08/16/2005 6:11:15 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (You are free to do as you are told.)
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