These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Kentucky For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most liberal places to live in Kentucky.

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Now that we’re starting up the 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 in the coming years.

Who makes the decisions? Not the people getting elected. It’s the voters.

Specifically, we wanted to know which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in the Bluegrass State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Kentucky with populations greater than 5,000 voted and contributed to political campaigns in the past several years. The cities with the highest percentage of voters who voted Democrat and gave the most to liberals where named the most liberal cities in the state.

If you’re wondering, London is the most conservative city in Kentucky of all those we measured.

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 Kentucky.

And if you already knew these places were liberal, check out some more reading about Kentucky and the most lberal places in the country:

How we determined the most liberal cities in Kentucky for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Kentucky over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 77 cities and towns.

We then measured the voting record and donation data to determine which places lean the most rightward in their allegiances by:

  1. Percentage Of Registered Democrats
  2. # Of Contributions To Democrats Per Capita
  3. $ Amount Contributed To Democrats Per Capita

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 77 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Shively, is “The Most liberal City in Kentucky For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Kentucky For 2019

Shively, KY

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Population: 15,701
Percent Democrat: 54.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $5.31
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Shively: PhotosData

Shively is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States and a suburb of Louisville within the Louisville Metro government. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 15,264, reflecting an increase of 107 from 15,157 in 2000.

Louisville, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 615,478
Percent Democrat: 54.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $21.94
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.12
More on Louisville: PhotosData

Louisville LOO–vl or LUUV-l) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th-most populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being the state’s second-largest city of Lexington. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 5,677
Percent Democrat: 54.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $95.76
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.48
More on Douglass Hills: Data

Douglass Hills is a home rule-class city in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,718 at the 2000 census.

Jeffersontown, KY

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 27,406
Percent Democrat: 54.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $32.17
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.17
More on Jeffersontown: PhotosData

Jeffersontown is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 26,595 at the 2010 U.S. census.

Lyndon, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 11,394
Percent Democrat: 54.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $66.69
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.3
More on Lyndon: PhotosData

Lyndon is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 9,369 at the 2000 U.S. census.

St. Matthews, KY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 17,993
Percent Democrat: 54.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $205.05
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.09
More on St. Matthews: PhotosData

St. Matthews is a city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. It forms part of the Louisville Metro government but is separately incorporated as a home rule-class city. The population was 15,852 at the 2000 census, making it the 20th-largest city in the state.

Middletown, KY

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 7,817
Percent Democrat: 54.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $103.77
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.63
More on Middletown: PhotosData

Middletown is an independent, home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States, and a former neighborhood of Louisville. The population was 7,218 at the 2010 census.

Frankfort, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 27,453
Percent Democrat: 44.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $19.93
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.07
More on Frankfort: PhotosData

Frankfort is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the seat of Franklin County. It is a home rule-class city in Kentucky; the population was 25,527 at the 2010 census. Located along the Kentucky River, Frankfort is the principal city of the Frankfort, Kentucky Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Franklin and Anderson counties.

Morehead, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 7,663
Percent Democrat: 37.2%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $10.6
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.11
More on Morehead: PhotosData

Morehead is a home rule-class city located along US 60 and Interstate 64 in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 6,845 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.

Versailles, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 9,132
Percent Democrat: 36.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $23.77
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.09
More on Versailles: PhotosData

Versailles is a home rule-class city in Woodford County, Kentucky, United States and is located near Lexington. It is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 8,568 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Woodford County. The city’s name is pronounced vr-SAYLZ, not like the French city of the same name.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Kentucky

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

If you’re curious, here are the least liberal cities in Kentucky:

  1. London
  2. Corbin
  3. Somerset

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Kentucky

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Shively, KY 15,701 54.0%
2 Louisville, KY 615,478 54.0%
3 Douglass Hills, KY 5,677 54.0%
4 Jeffersontown, KY 27,406 54.0%
5 Lyndon, KY 11,394 54.0%
6 St. Matthews, KY 17,993 54.0%
7 Middletown, KY 7,817 54.0%
8 Frankfort, KY 27,453 44.9%
9 Morehead, KY 7,663 37.2%
10 Versailles, KY 9,132 36.6%
11 Bowling Green, KY 64,302 35.0%
12 Newport, KY 15,219 34.5%
13 Bellevue, KY 5,838 34.5%
14 Alexandria, KY 9,022 34.5%
15 Highland Heights, KY 7,128 34.5%
16 Fort Thomas, KY 16,254 34.5%
17 Dayton, KY 5,378 34.5%
18 Cold Spring, KY 6,283 34.5%
19 Henderson, KY 28,859 34.0%
20 Fort Mitchell, KY 8,239 33.6%
21 Villa Hills, KY 7,397 33.6%
22 Covington, KY 40,578 33.6%
23 Taylor Mill, KY 6,739 33.6%
24 Independence, KY 26,772 33.6%
25 Edgewood, KY 8,688 33.6%
26 Fort Wright, KY 5,718 33.6%
27 Elsmere, KY 8,555 33.6%
28 Erlanger, KY 18,674 33.6%
29 Danville, KY 16,657 33.1%
30 Lebanon, KY 5,584 33.0%
31 Oak Grove, KY 7,426 32.5%
32 Hopkinsville, KY 31,741 32.5%
33 Elizabethtown, KY 29,794 32.3%
34 Radcliff, KY 22,718 32.3%
35 Vine Grove, KY 5,793 32.3%
36 Georgetown, KY 32,142 31.9%
37 Paris, KY 9,807 31.7%
38 Richmond, KY 33,993 31.6%
39 Berea, KY 14,927 31.6%
40 La Grange, KY 8,620 31.3%
41 Owensboro, KY 58,791 30.9%
42 Bardstown, KY 13,034 30.9%
43 Shelbyville, KY 15,318 30.5%
44 Murray, KY 18,900 29.6%
45 Ashland, KY 21,035 29.4%
46 Paducah, KY 24,879 29.2%
47 Winchester, KY 18,364 29.0%
48 Franklin, KY 8,675 28.5%
49 Mount Sterling, KY 7,139 27.6%
50 Maysville, KY 8,804 27.3%
51 Nicholasville, KY 29,547 26.3%
52 Wilmore, KY 6,226 26.3%
53 Union, KY 5,751 26.1%
54 Cynthiana, KY 6,328 26.1%
55 Florence, KY 31,603 26.1%
56 Flatwoods, KY 7,274 25.5%
57 Russellville, KY 7,015 25.3%
58 Central City, KY 5,841 25.1%
59 Lawrenceburg, KY 11,087 23.1%
60 Glasgow, KY 14,318 23.1%
61 Mount Washington, KY 14,285 22.9%
62 Hillview, KY 8,913 22.9%
63 Shepherdsville, KY 12,006 22.9%
64 Campbellsville, KY 11,364 22.6%
65 Harrodsburg, KY 8,351 22.6%
66 Madisonville, KY 19,303 21.2%
67 Princeton, KY 6,173 21.1%
68 Hazard, KY 5,250 20.2%
69 Mayfield, KY 9,936 19.9%
70 Leitchfield, KY 6,826 18.5%
71 Monticello, KY 6,120 17.9%
72 Middlesborough, KY 9,709 17.7%
73 Pikeville, KY 7,065 17.4%
74 Williamsburg, KY 5,261 15.0%
75 Somerset, KY 11,334 15.0%
76 Corbin, KY 7,315 15.0%
77 London, KY 8,000 13.9%