These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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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 Cornhusker State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Nebraska 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 Nebraska for 2019:

  1. Ralston (Photos)
  2. Omaha (Photos)
  3. Lincoln (Photos)
  4. South Sioux City (Photos)
  5. La Vista (Photos)
  6. Bellevue (Photos)
  7. Gretna (Photos)
  8. Papillion (Photos)
  9. Crete (Photos)
  10. Fremont (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Holdrege is the most conservative city in Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in Nebraska for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Nebraska over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 32 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 32 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Ralston, is “The Most liberal City in Nebraska For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Nebraska For 2019

Ralston, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,348
Percent Democrat: 47.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $25.27
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.11
More on Ralston: PhotosData

Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,943 at the 2010 census. Ralston is surrounded on three sides by the city of Omaha, and by Sarpy County on the south side.

Omaha, NE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 463,081
Percent Democrat: 47.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $12.8
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Omaha: PhotosData

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha’s population was 408,958, making it the nation’s 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate. Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

Lincoln, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 277,315
Percent Democrat: 45.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $6.42
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Lincoln: PhotosData

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles with a population of 280,364 in 2016. It is the second-most populous city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas. The statistical area is home to 348,720 people, making it the 105th-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

South Sioux City, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 13,145
Percent Democrat: 36.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $0.97
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on South Sioux City: PhotosData

South Sioux City is a city in Dakota County, Nebraska, United States. It is located immediately across the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa, and is part of the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,353, making it the 14th largest city in Nebraska.

La Vista, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,062
Percent Democrat: 34.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $6.76
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on La Vista: PhotosData

La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

Bellevue, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 53,040
Percent Democrat: 34.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.83
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Bellevue: PhotosData

Gretna, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,045
Percent Democrat: 34.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.09
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Gretna: PhotosData

Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,441 at the 2010 census.

Papillion, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,478
Percent Democrat: 34.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $4.09
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Papillion: PhotosData

Crete, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,079
Percent Democrat: 33.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.3
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Crete: PhotosData

Crete is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,960 at the 2010 census.

Fremont, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,356
Percent Democrat: 29.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.17
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Fremont: PhotosData

Fremont is a city in Dodge County in the eastern portion of the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 26,397 at the 2010 census. Fremont is the county seat and the home of Midland University.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Nebraska

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

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

  1. Holdrege
  2. Mccook
  3. Sidney

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Nebraska

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Ralston, NE 7,348 47.3%
2 Omaha, NE 463,081 47.3%
3 Lincoln, NE 277,315 45.4%
4 South Sioux City, NE 13,145 36.9%
5 La Vista, NE 17,062 34.8%
6 Bellevue, NE 53,040 34.8%
7 Gretna, NE 5,045 34.8%
8 Papillion, NE 19,478 34.8%
9 Crete, NE 7,079 33.7%
10 Fremont, NE 26,356 29.3%
11 Beatrice, NE 12,309 29.2%
12 Grand Island, NE 51,042 28.5%
13 Nebraska City, NE 7,288 27.2%
14 Plattsmouth, NE 6,435 26.9%
15 Schuyler, NE 6,229 26.7%
16 Lexington, NE 10,097 24.7%
17 Hastings, NE 24,948 24.4%
18 Blair, NE 8,011 24.2%
19 Seward, NE 7,124 23.7%
20 Kearney, NE 33,082 22.5%
21 Gering, NE 8,377 22.4%
22 Scottsbluff, NE 14,887 22.4%
23 Wayne, NE 5,557 22.1%
24 Chadron, NE 5,704 21.8%
25 Alliance, NE 8,392 19.6%
26 Norfolk, NE 24,352 18.9%
27 York, NE 7,890 18.6%
28 Columbus, NE 22,834 18.3%
29 North Platte, NE 24,135 18.1%
30 Sidney, NE 6,830 15.1%
31 Mccook, NE 7,622 12.5%
32 Holdrege, NE 5,497 12.2%