These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Michigan 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 Michigan.

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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 Wolverine State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Michigan 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.

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

  1. Milan (Photos)
  2. Chelsea (Photos)
  3. Ypsilanti (Photos)
  4. Saline (Photos)
  5. Ann Arbor (Photos)
  6. Dearborn (Photos)
  7. Dearborn Heights (Photos)
  8. Taylor (Photos)
  9. Trenton (Photos)
  10. Southgate (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Hillsdale is the most conservative city in Michigan 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 Michigan.

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in Michigan for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Michigan over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 149 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 149 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Milan, is “The Most liberal City in Michigan For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Michigan For 2019

Milan, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,965
Percent Democrat: 67.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $14.81
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.19
More on Milan: PhotosData

Milan is a city in Monroe and Washtenaw counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,836 at the 2010 census. About 60% of the city’s area and 75% of its residents are located on the Washtenaw County side adjacent to York Charter Township in Washtenaw County; while 40% percent of the city’s area and 25% of its residents are located on the Monroe County side adjacent to Milan Township.

Chelsea, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,169
Percent Democrat: 67.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $69.97
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.67
More on Chelsea: PhotosData

Ypsilanti, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,804
Percent Democrat: 67.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $20.61
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.41
More on Ypsilanti: PhotosData

Ypsilanti, commonly shortened to Ypsi, is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan, perhaps best known as the home of Eastern Michigan University. As of the 2017 census, the city’s population was 21,018. The city is bounded to the north by Superior Township and on the west, south, and east by Ypsilanti Township. Ypsilanti is located 6 miles east of Ann Arbor and about 18 miles west of the Detroit city limits.

Saline, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,160
Percent Democrat: 67.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $39.27
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.22
More on Saline: PhotosData

Saline is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,810.

Ann Arbor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 119,303
Percent Democrat: 67.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $57.26
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.48
More on Ann Arbor: PhotosData

Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. The 2010 census recorded its population to be 113,934, making it the sixth largest city in Michigan.

Dearborn, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 95,295
Percent Democrat: 66.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $8.51
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Dearborn: PhotosData

Dearborn is a city in the State of Michigan. It is located in Wayne County and is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. Dearborn is the eighth largest city in the State of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 98,153. First settled in the late 18th century by French farmers in a series of ribbon farms along the Rouge River and the Sauk Trail, the community grew with the establishment of the Detroit Arsenal on the Chicago Road linking Detroit and Chicago. It later grew into a manufacturing hub for the automotive industry.

Dearborn Heights, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 56,201
Percent Democrat: 66.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $3.02
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Dearborn Heights: PhotosData

Dearborn Heights is a city in Wayne County, in the Detroit metropolitan area, in the State of Michigan. The population was 57,774 at the 2010 census.

Taylor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 61,648
Percent Democrat: 66.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $0.67
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Taylor: PhotosData

Trenton, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,392
Percent Democrat: 66.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $6.61
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.1
More on Trenton: PhotosData

Trenton is a small city in Wayne County in the southeast portion of the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2010 census, the city population was 18,853. The city is part of Downriver, a collection of mostly blue-collar communities south of Detroit on the west bank of the Detroit River. Trenton is known for its waterfront and growing boating community.

Southgate, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 29,291
Percent Democrat: 66.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.57
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Southgate: PhotosData

Southgate is a middle-class suburb in central Wayne County, Michigan. The population was 30,047 at the 2010 census.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Michigan

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

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

  1. Hillsdale
  2. Lapeer
  3. Coldwater

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Michigan

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Milan, MI 5,965 67.6%
2 Chelsea, MI 5,169 67.6%
3 Ypsilanti, MI 20,804 67.6%
4 Saline, MI 9,160 67.6%
5 Ann Arbor, MI 119,303 67.6%
6 Dearborn, MI 95,295 66.4%
7 Dearborn Heights, MI 56,201 66.4%
8 Taylor, MI 61,648 66.4%
9 Trenton, MI 18,392 66.4%
10 Southgate, MI 29,291 66.4%
11 Woodhaven, MI 12,565 66.4%
12 Romulus, MI 23,479 66.4%
13 Grosse Pointe Park, MI 11,240 66.4%
14 Melvindale, MI 10,432 66.4%
15 Hamtramck, MI 21,959 66.4%
16 Inkster, MI 24,670 66.4%
17 Riverview, MI 12,192 66.4%
18 Garden City, MI 26,889 66.4%
19 Allen Park, MI 27,406 66.4%
20 Ecorse, MI 9,321 66.4%
21 Wayne, MI 17,090 66.4%
22 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 15,678 66.4%
23 Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 9,238 66.4%
24 Wyandotte, MI 25,175 66.4%
25 Flat Rock, MI 9,889 66.4%
26 Grosse Pointe, MI 5,241 66.4%
27 River Rouge, MI 7,559 66.4%
28 Detroit, MI 679,865 66.4%
29 Westland, MI 82,172 66.4%
30 Plymouth, MI 9,005 66.4%
31 Highland Park, MI 10,955 66.4%
32 Harper Woods, MI 13,890 66.4%
33 Livonia, MI 94,708 66.4%
34 Lincoln Park, MI 37,028 66.4%
35 Lansing, MI 115,222 59.9%
36 East Lansing, MI 48,281 59.9%
37 Mason, MI 8,387 59.9%
38 Portage, MI 48,072 53.2%
39 Kalamazoo, MI 75,833 53.2%
40 Fenton, MI 11,364 52.0%
41 Flushing, MI 8,058 52.0%
42 Burton, MI 28,856 52.0%
43 Flint, MI 97,810 52.0%
44 Grand Blanc, MI 7,964 52.0%
45 Swartz Creek, MI 5,565 52.0%
46 Holly, MI 6,173 51.3%
47 Pontiac, MI 60,039 51.3%
48 Huntington Woods, MI 6,347 51.3%
49 Milford, MI 6,449 51.3%
50 Birmingham, MI 20,836 51.3%
51 Beverly Hills, MI 10,424 51.3%
52 Novi, MI 58,835 51.3%
53 Rochester Hills, MI 73,458 51.3%
54 Farmington Hills, MI 81,235 51.3%
55 Troy, MI 83,336 51.3%
56 Northville, MI 5,998 51.3%
57 Berkley, MI 15,269 51.3%
58 Southfield, MI 73,228 51.3%
59 Auburn Hills, MI 22,644 51.3%
60 Walled Lake, MI 7,174 51.3%
61 Oak Park, MI 29,824 51.3%
62 Royal Oak, MI 58,973 51.3%
63 Ferndale, MI 20,159 51.3%
64 Farmington, MI 10,560 51.3%
65 Hazel Park, MI 16,587 51.3%
66 South Lyon, MI 11,695 51.3%
67 Rochester, MI 12,987 51.3%
68 Madison Heights, MI 30,173 51.3%
69 Clawson, MI 12,006 51.3%
70 Wixom, MI 13,777 51.3%
71 Ishpeming, MI 6,484 48.3%
72 Marquette, MI 21,081 48.3%
73 Muskegon, MI 38,189 47.4%
74 Norton Shores, MI 24,234 47.4%
75 Muskegon Heights, MI 10,743 47.4%
76 Saginaw, MI 49,366 46.8%
77 Frankenmuth, MI 5,038 46.8%
78 Mount Pleasant, MI 25,711 44.7%
79 East Grand Rapids, MI 11,493 44.6%
80 Walker, MI 24,618 44.6%
81 Grand Rapids, MI 195,355 44.6%
82 Grandville, MI 15,902 44.6%
83 Rockford, MI 6,132 44.6%
84 Wyoming, MI 75,124 44.6%
85 Kentwood, MI 51,154 44.6%
86 Grand Ledge, MI 7,799 44.1%
87 Eaton Rapids, MI 5,191 44.1%
88 Charlotte, MI 9,062 44.1%
89 Sterling Heights, MI 131,996 42.0%
90 Eastpointe, MI 32,601 42.0%
91 Richmond, MI 5,871 42.0%
92 Warren, MI 135,147 42.0%
93 Center Line, MI 8,299 42.0%
94 New Baltimore, MI 12,315 42.0%
95 Fraser, MI 14,616 42.0%
96 Roseville, MI 47,617 42.0%
97 Mount Clemens, MI 16,383 42.0%
98 St. Clair Shores, MI 59,865 42.0%
99 Battle Creek, MI 51,505 41.0%
100 Albion, MI 8,263 41.0%

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