These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In California


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Now that we’re in full election swing to decide not only our next President, but many other local statewide initiatives, it’s important to put into context the types of decisions that will be made this year. Who makes the decisions? Not the people getting elected. It’s the voters.

So, we wanted to know – how does the electorate stack up in California? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Golden State.

After analyzing every single city in California with populations greater than 5,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:

  1. San Francisco (Photos)
  2. Hayward (Photos)
  3. Piedmont (Photos)
  4. Dublin (Photos)
  5. Emeryville (Photos)
  6. San Leandro (Photos)
  7. Alameda (Photos)
  8. Pleasanton (Photos)
  9. Fremont (Photos)
  10. Union City (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Susanville is the most conservative city of all in California.

And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data. For more on how we ran the numbers, keep on reading. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 most liberal cities in California.

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How we determined the most liberal cities in California

We started by making a list of every place in California over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 424 places in California.

We then measured the voting record and census data to determine which cities lean the most leftward in their allegiances. Basically, what percentage of a city voted liberal in the 2012 elecetion?

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 424, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in California.’

Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?

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1. San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 840,763
Percent Liberal: 83.53%

2. Hayward

Hayward, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 152,401
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

3. Piedmont

Piedmont, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,099
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

4. Dublin

Dublin, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,063
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

5. Emeryville

Emeryville, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,830
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

6. San Leandro

San Leandro, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,329
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

7. Alameda

Alameda, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 76,733
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

8. Pleasanton

Pleasanton, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,009
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

9. Fremont

Fremont, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 225,221
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

10. Union City

Union City, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,690
Percent Liberal: 78.85%

Summing Up The Liberal Pie

Well there you have it, the places in California that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with San Francisco ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.

If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in California:

  1. Susanville
  2. Redding
  3. Anderson

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In California

City Rank Population % Liberal
San Francisco 1 840,763 83.53%
Hayward 2 152,401 78.85%
Piedmont 3 11,099 78.85%
Dublin 4 52,063 78.85%
Emeryville 5 10,830 78.85%
San Leandro 6 88,329 78.85%
Alameda 7 76,733 78.85%
Pleasanton 8 75,009 78.85%
Fremont 9 225,221 78.85%
Union City 10 72,690 78.85%
Oakland 11 408,073 78.85%
Albany 12 19,249 78.85%
Newark 13 44,207 78.85%
Berkeley 14 117,384 78.85%
Livermore 15 85,286 78.85%
Capitola 16 10,077 75.61%
Scotts Valley 17 11,780 75.61%
Santa Cruz 18 62,752 75.61%
Watsonville 19 52,543 75.61%
Novato 20 54,133 74.26%
Fairfax 21 7,584 74.26%
Sausalito 22 7,094 74.26%
Larkspur 23 12,219 74.26%
Tiburon 24 9,158 74.26%
San Anselmo 25 12,566 74.26%
Mill Valley 26 14,243 74.26%
San Rafael 27 58,819 74.26%
Corte Madera 28 9,595 74.26%
South San Francisco 29 66,217 72.13%
San Bruno 30 42,506 72.13%
Half Moon Bay 31 12,052 72.13%
Hillsborough 32 11,253 72.13%
Millbrae 33 22,416 72.13%
Redwood City 34 81,342 72.13%
Daly City 35 104,930 72.13%
Belmont 36 26,766 72.13%
San Mateo 37 101,335 72.13%
Atherton 38 7,081 72.13%
East Palo Alto 39 29,198 72.13%
Burlingame 40 29,941 72.13%
Menlo Park 41 33,064 72.13%
Foster City 42 32,377 72.13%
Woodside 43 5,479 72.13%
Pacifica 44 38,665 72.13%
San Carlos 45 29,454 72.13%
Cotati 46 7,376 71.1%
Healdsburg 47 11,539 71.1%
Santa Rosa 48 172,066 71.1%
Sebastopol 49 7,583 71.1%
Rohnert Park 50 41,651 71.1%
Petaluma 51 59,340 71.1%
Windsor 52 27,205 71.1%
Cloverdale 53 8,735 71.1%
Sonoma 54 10,897 71.1%
Mountain View 55 77,973 70.1%
Saratoga 56 30,817 70.1%
Los Gatos 57 30,398 70.1%
Gilroy 58 51,649 70.1%
Los Altos 59 30,075 70.1%
Sunnyvale 60 148,178 70.1%
Milpitas 61 71,533 70.1%
San Jose 62 1,000,860 70.1%
Palo Alto 63 66,478 70.1%
Santa Clara 64 121,374 70.1%
Morgan Hill 65 40,872 70.1%
Campbell 66 40,688 70.1%
Los Altos Hills 67 8,314 70.1%
Cupertino 68 60,171 70.1%
Beverly Hills 69 34,663 69.69%
Paramount 70 55,023 69.69%
Hermosa Beach 71 19,747 69.69%
Diamond Bar 72 56,471 69.69%
Arcadia 73 57,564 69.69%
La Puente 74 40,496 69.69%
Covina 75 48,587 69.69%
Lawndale 76 33,231 69.69%
Huntington Park 77 59,003 69.69%
Santa Fe Springs 78 17,162 69.69%
South Pasadena 79 25,999 69.69%
San Gabriel 80 40,198 69.69%
El Segundo 81 16,929 69.69%
Artesia 82 16,785 69.69%
Gardena 83 59,931 69.69%
South El Monte 84 20,483 69.69%
Lomita 85 20,622 69.69%
La Verne 86 31,920 69.69%
Azusa 87 48,033 69.69%
Calabasas 88 24,075 69.69%
Walnut 89 29,970 69.69%
La Mirada 90 49,182 69.69%
Cerritos 91 49,701 69.69%
Glendora 92 51,137 69.69%
Cudahy 93 24,138 69.69%
San Fernando 94 24,296 69.69%
Bell Gardens 95 42,842 69.69%
Agoura Hills 96 20,697 69.69%
Bell 97 35,998 69.69%
Claremont 98 35,762 69.69%
Duarte 99 21,769 69.69%
Manhattan Beach 100 35,603 69.69%

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