These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Iowa


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

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

  1. Coralville (Photos)
  2. Iowa City (Photos)
  3. North Liberty (Photos)
  4. Clinton (Photos)
  5. De Witt (Photos)
  6. Waterloo (Photos)
  7. Cedar Falls (Photos)
  8. Burlington (Photos)
  9. Cedar Rapids (Photos)
  10. Marion (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Orange City is the most conservative city of all in Iowa.

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 Iowa.

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How we determined the most liberal cities in Iowa

We started by making a list of every place in Iowa over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 81 places in Iowa.

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 81, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in Iowa.’

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

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1. Coralville

Coralville, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,038
Percent Liberal: 66.69%

2. Iowa City

Iowa City, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,832
Percent Liberal: 66.69%

3. North Liberty

North Liberty, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,972
Percent Liberal: 66.69%

4. Clinton

Clinton, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,413
Percent Liberal: 60.56%

5. De Witt

De Witt, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,283
Percent Liberal: 60.56%

6. Waterloo

Waterloo, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,432
Percent Liberal: 59.31%

7. Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,439
Percent Liberal: 59.31%

8. Burlington

Burlington, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,537
Percent Liberal: 58.32%

9. Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 128,829
Percent Liberal: 57.9%

10. Marion

Marion, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,311
Percent Liberal: 57.9%

Summing Up The Liberal Pie

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

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

  1. Orange City
  2. Sioux Center
  3. Sheldon

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In Iowa

City Rank Population % Liberal
Coralville 1 20,038 66.69%
Iowa City 2 71,832 66.69%
North Liberty 3 14,972 66.69%
Clinton 4 26,413 60.56%
De Witt 5 5,283 60.56%
Waterloo 6 68,432 59.31%
Cedar Falls 7 40,439 59.31%
Burlington 8 25,537 58.32%
Cedar Rapids 9 128,829 57.9%
Marion 10 36,311 57.9%
Hiawatha 11 7,150 57.9%
Maquoketa 12 6,029 57.67%
Muscatine 13 23,888 57.0%
Charles City 14 7,500 56.68%
Fort Madison 15 10,832 56.66%
Keokuk 16 10,705 56.66%
Dubuque 17 58,409 56.53%
Asbury 18 5,014 56.53%
Decorah 19 8,009 56.44%
Fairfield 20 9,739 56.25%
Des Moines 21 208,020 56.13%
Clive 22 16,634 56.13%
Grimes 23 9,509 56.13%
Pleasant Hill 24 9,099 56.13%
Johnston 25 19,550 56.13%
Altoona 26 15,808 56.13%
West Des Moines 27 61,266 56.13%
Ankeny 28 51,489 56.13%
Urbandale 29 42,099 56.13%
Bettendorf 30 34,663 56.12%
Eldridge 31 6,017 56.12%
Davenport 32 101,863 56.12%
Independence 33 5,986 56.11%
Mason City 34 27,643 55.89%
Clear Lake 35 7,675 55.89%
Ames 36 62,815 55.55%
Nevada 37 6,799 55.55%
Oelwein 38 6,275 55.3%
Ottumwa 39 24,758 54.93%
Marshalltown 40 27,770 53.8%
Grinnell 41 9,132 53.7%
Anamosa 42 5,518 52.96%
Newton 43 15,147 52.56%
Boone 44 12,631 52.21%
Fort Dodge 45 24,789 52.14%
Creston 46 7,886 51.08%
Waverly 47 10,013 50.67%
Sioux City 48 82,792 49.54%
Manchester 49 5,106 49.22%
Vinton 50 5,197 48.93%
Norwalk 51 9,671 48.14%
Indianola 52 15,165 48.14%
Webster City 53 7,869 47.71%
Centerville 54 5,431 47.25%
Washington 55 7,348 46.48%
Council Bluffs 56 62,309 46.44%
Carroll 57 10,020 46.35%
Mount Pleasant 58 8,575 45.99%
Iowa Falls 59 5,198 45.8%
Denison 60 8,383 45.41%
Estherville 61 6,091 44.78%
Storm Lake 62 10,814 44.14%
Waukee 63 16,956 43.49%
Perry 64 8,086 43.49%
Algona 65 5,494 43.15%
Winterset 66 5,159 42.92%
Knoxville 67 7,245 42.44%
Pella 68 10,316 42.44%
Cherokee 69 5,147 41.06%
Spencer 70 11,186 39.81%
Atlantic 71 6,929 39.67%
Glenwood 72 5,243 39.49%
Oskaloosa 73 11,558 38.71%
Red Oak 74 5,588 38.25%
Harlan 75 5,029 38.08%
Shenandoah 76 5,062 36.91%
Clarinda 77 5,476 36.91%
Le Mars 78 9,757 32.15%
Sheldon 79 5,024 26.82%
Sioux Center 80 7,312 15.6%
Orange City 81 6,147 15.6%

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