These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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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 Bay State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Massachusetts with populations greater than 12,000 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.

Here are the 10 most liberal places in Massachusetts for 2019:

  1. Chelsea (Photos)
  2. Revere (Photos)
  3. Winthrop Town
  4. Boston (Photos)
  5. North Adams (Photos)
  6. Pittsfield (Photos)
  7. Easthampton Town
  8. Northampton (Photos)
  9. Malden (Photos)
  10. Lowell (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Brockton is the most conservative city in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in Massachusetts for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Massachusetts over 12,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 53 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 53 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Chelsea, is “The Most liberal City in Massachusetts For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Massachusetts For 2019

Chelsea, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 39,272
Percent Democrat: 78.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $5.67
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.07
More on Chelsea: PhotosData

Chelsea is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, directly across the Mystic River from the city of Boston. As of 2013, Chelsea had an estimated population of 36,828. It is also the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts behind Somerville. With a total area of just 2.21 square miles, Chelsea is the smallest city in Massachusetts in terms of total area.

Revere, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 53,864
Percent Democrat: 78.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.34
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Revere: PhotosData

Revere is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 5 miles from downtown Boston. It is named after the American Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city has a population of 51,755 inhabitants.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,391
Percent Democrat: 78.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $11.6
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.12
More on Winthrop Town: Data

Winthrop is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,497 at the 2010 census. Winthrop is an ocean-side suburban community in Greater Boston situated at the north entrance to Boston Harbor, close to Logan International Airport. It is located on a peninsula, 1.6 square miles in area, connected to Revere by a narrow isthmus and to East Boston by a bridge over the harbor inlet to the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the United States. It is also one of the smallest and most densely populated municipalities in Massachusetts. It is one of the four cities in Suffolk County. It is the southernmost part of the North Shore, with a 7-mile shoreline that provides views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and of the Boston skyline to the west.

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 669,158
Percent Democrat: 78.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $81.19
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.16
More on Boston: PhotosData

Boston BOSS-tn) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

North Adams, MA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,211
Percent Democrat: 66.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.32
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on North Adams: PhotosData

North Adams is a city in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its population was 13,708 as of the 2010 census, making it the least populous city in the state. Best known as the home of the largest contemporary art museum in the United States, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams has in recent years become a center for tourism, culture and recreation.

Pittsfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,289
Percent Democrat: 66.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $4.09
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Pittsfield: PhotosData

Pittsfield is the largest city and the county seat of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. Although the population has declined in recent decades, Pittsfield remains the third largest municipality in western Massachusetts, behind only Springfield and Chicopee.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,051
Percent Democrat: 65.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $10.45
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.16
More on Easthampton Town: Data

Northampton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 28,548
Percent Democrat: 65.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $48.26
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.49
More on Northampton: PhotosData

The city of Northampton ) is the county seat of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of Northampton was 28,549.

Malden, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 61,212
Percent Democrat: 65.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $12.02
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.15
More on Malden: PhotosData

Malden is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. At the time of the 2010 United States Census, the population was at 59,450 people. In 2009, Malden was named the “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Lowell, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 110,964
Percent Democrat: 65.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $4.09
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Lowell: PhotosData

Lowell is a city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Located in Middlesex County, Lowell was a county seat until Massachusetts disbanded county government in 1999. With an estimated population of 109,945 in 2014, it is the fourth-largest city in Massachusetts, and the second-largest in the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The city is also part of a smaller Massachusetts statistical area called Greater Lowell, as well as New England’s Merrimack Valley region.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Massachusetts

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

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

  1. Brockton
  2. Worcester
  3. Gardner

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Massachusetts

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Chelsea, MA 39,272 78.4%
2 Revere, MA 53,864 78.4%
3 Winthrop Town, MA 18,391 78.4%
4 Boston, MA 669,158 78.4%
5 North Adams, MA 13,211 66.6%
6 Pittsfield, MA 43,289 66.6%
7 Easthampton Town, MA 16,051 65.8%
8 Northampton, MA 28,548 65.8%
9 Malden, MA 61,212 65.3%
10 Lowell, MA 110,964 65.3%
11 Everett, MA 45,212 65.3%
12 Waltham, MA 62,832 65.3%
13 Medford, MA 57,700 65.3%
14 Somerville, MA 79,983 65.3%
15 Watertown Town, MA 34,553 65.3%
16 Melrose, MA 28,132 65.3%
17 Newton, MA 88,479 65.3%
18 Woburn, MA 39,500 65.3%
19 Marlborough, MA 39,771 65.3%
20 Cambridge, MA 110,893 65.3%
21 Greenfield Town, MA 17,474 63.1%
22 Braintree Town, MA 37,082 60.3%
23 Quincy, MA 93,824 60.3%
24 Weymouth Town, MA 55,890 60.3%
25 Franklin Town, MA 32,843 60.3%
26 Gloucester, MA 29,858 57.7%
27 Peabody, MA 52,610 57.7%
28 Newburyport, MA 17,890 57.7%
29 Methuen Town, MA 49,575 57.7%
30 Haverhill, MA 62,943 57.7%
31 Beverly, MA 41,431 57.7%
32 Salem, MA 43,146 57.7%
33 Lynn, MA 93,069 57.7%
34 Lawrence, MA 79,497 57.7%
35 Amesbury Town, MA 17,218 57.7%
36 Westfield, MA 41,667 54.6%
37 Palmer Town, MA 12,237 54.6%
38 Holyoke, MA 40,362 54.6%
39 West Springfield Town, MA 28,671 54.6%
40 Chicopee, MA 55,778 54.6%
41 Springfield, MA 154,613 54.6%
42 Agawam Town, MA 28,748 54.6%
43 Barnstable Town, MA 44,325 53.3%
44 New Bedford, MA 95,125 51.4%
45 Attleboro, MA 44,326 51.4%
46 Taunton, MA 56,826 51.4%
47 Fall River, MA 89,258 51.4%
48 Fitchburg, MA 40,666 51.0%
49 Southbridge Town, MA 16,858 51.0%
50 Leominster, MA 41,446 51.0%
51 Gardner, MA 20,496 51.0%
52 Worcester, MA 184,743 51.0%
53 Brockton, MA 95,161 50.0%

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