These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Illinois


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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 Illinois? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Prairie State.

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

  1. Chicago (Photos)
  2. Riverside (Photos)
  3. Harwood Heights (Photos)
  4. Prospect Heights
  5. Lemont (Photos)
  6. Westchester
  7. Country Club Hills
  8. Palos Hills
  9. Franklin Park (Photos)
  10. Calumet Park (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Effingham is the most conservative city of all in Illinois.

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 Illinois.

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How we determined the most liberal cities in Illinois

We started by making a list of every place in Illinois over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 335 places in Illinois.

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 335, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in Illinois.’

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

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1. Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,717,534
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

2. Riverside

Riverside, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,859
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

3. Harwood Heights

Harwood Heights, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,649
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

4. Prospect Heights


Population: 16,370
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

5. Lemont

Lemont, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,513
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

6. Westchester


Population: 16,783
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

7. Country Club Hills


Population: 16,806
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

8. Palos Hills


Population: 17,596
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

9. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,410
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

10. Calumet Park

Calumet Park, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,367
Percent Liberal: 74.0%

Summing Up The Liberal Pie

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

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

  1. Effingham
  2. Watseka
  3. Flora

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In Illinois

City Rank Population % Liberal
Chicago 1 2,717,534 74.0%
Riverside 2 8,859 74.0%
Harwood Heights 3 8,649 74.0%
Prospect Heights 4 16,370 74.0%
Lemont 5 16,513 74.0%
Westchester 6 16,783 74.0%
Country Club Hills 7 16,806 74.0%
Palos Hills 8 17,596 74.0%
Franklin Park 9 18,410 74.0%
Calumet Park 10 8,367 74.0%
Hillside 11 8,190 74.0%
Brookfield 12 18,964 74.0%
Bridgeview 13 16,359 74.0%
Matteson 14 19,159 74.0%
Homewood 15 19,375 74.0%
Broadview 16 7,957 74.0%
Alsip 17 19,396 74.0%
Evergreen Park 18 19,934 74.0%
Winnetka 19 12,407 74.0%
South Holland 20 22,124 74.0%
Blue Island 21 23,096 74.0%
Dolton 22 23,283 74.0%
Inverness 23 7,431 74.0%
Rolling Meadows 24 23,401 74.0%
Morton Grove 25 23,472 74.0%
Bellwood 26 19,190 74.0%
Glencoe 27 8,881 74.0%
Glenwood 28 8,923 74.0%
La Grange 29 15,709 74.0%
Schiller Park 30 11,834 74.0%
Palos Heights 31 12,566 74.0%
Summit 32 11,447 74.0%
River Forest 33 11,233 74.0%
Lincolnwood 34 12,666 74.0%
Crestwood 35 11,027 74.0%
Markham 36 12,685 74.0%
Worth 37 10,829 74.0%
Lyons 38 10,668 74.0%
Barrington 39 10,576 74.0%
Sauk Village 40 10,540 74.0%
Justice 41 13,015 74.0%
Riverdale 42 13,106 74.0%
Western Springs 43 13,125 74.0%
River Grove 44 10,260 74.0%
La Grange Park 45 13,649 74.0%
Richton Park 46 13,744 74.0%
Hickory Hills 47 13,933 74.0%
Forest Park 48 14,194 74.0%
Hazel Crest 49 14,195 74.0%
Flossmoor 50 9,492 74.0%
Chicago Ridge 51 14,407 74.0%
Lynwood 52 9,297 74.0%
Norridge 53 14,856 74.0%
Midlothian 54 14,906 74.0%
Maywood 55 24,138 74.0%
Elmwood Park 56 24,971 74.0%
Park Forest 57 21,928 74.0%
Melrose Park 58 25,491 74.0%
Calumet City 59 37,184 74.0%
Park Ridge 60 37,608 74.0%
Countryside 61 5,984 74.0%
Orland Hills 62 7,259 74.0%
Hanover Park 63 38,373 74.0%
Streamwood 64 40,865 74.0%
Glenview 65 45,969 74.0%
Oak Park 66 52,080 74.0%
Willow Springs 67 5,676 74.0%
Hoffman Estates 68 52,271 74.0%
Mount Prospect 69 54,710 74.0%
Berwyn 70 56,706 74.0%
Oak Lawn 71 56,980 74.0%
Tinley Park 72 57,176 74.0%
Orland Park 73 58,273 74.0%
Des Plaines 74 58,930 74.0%
Skokie 75 65,061 74.0%
Palatine 76 69,188 74.0%
Schaumburg 77 74,559 74.0%
Northfield 78 5,305 74.0%
Evanston 79 75,603 74.0%
Arlington Heights 80 75,802 74.0%
Berkeley 81 5,217 74.0%
Robbins 82 5,157 74.0%
Cicero 83 84,361 74.0%
Northbrook 84 33,572 74.0%
Elk Grove Village 85 33,333 74.0%
Wheeling 86 37,982 74.0%
Lansing 87 28,445 74.0%
Harvey 88 25,773 74.0%
North Riverside 89 6,991 74.0%
Wilmette 90 27,420 74.0%
Oak Forest 91 28,134 74.0%
Stickney 92 6,804 74.0%
Chicago Heights 93 30,428 74.0%
Burbank 94 29,157 74.0%
Northlake 95 12,353 74.0%
Posen 96 6,319 74.0%
Niles 97 29,955 74.0%
Rock Island 98 38,946 60.23%
Silvis 99 7,522 60.23%
Moline 100 43,062 60.23%

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