These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Nevada 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 Nevada.

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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 Silver State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Nevada with populations greater than 7,000 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, Elko is the most conservative city in Nevada 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 Nevada.

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in Nevada for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Nevada over 7,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 12 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 12 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Mesquite, is “The Most liberal City in Nevada For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Nevada For 2019

Mesquite, NV

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Population: 17,467
Percent Democrat: 52.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.47
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Mesquite: PhotosData

Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. As of 2015, the United States Census estimates that the city had a population of 17,496. The city is located in the Virgin River valley adjacent to the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert. It is home to a growing retirement community, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.

Boulder City, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,648
Percent Democrat: 52.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $33.93
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.16
More on Boulder City: PhotosData

Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023.

Las Vegas, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 621,662
Percent Democrat: 52.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $25.8
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.07
More on Las Vegas: PhotosData

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

North Las Vegas, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 234,389
Percent Democrat: 52.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.37
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on North Las Vegas: PhotosData

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

Henderson, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 284,817
Percent Democrat: 52.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $18.93
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.12
More on Henderson: PhotosData

Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet.

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 239,732
Percent Democrat: 46.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $25.58
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.27
More on Reno: PhotosData

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment. It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 96,786
Percent Democrat: 46.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $4.91
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Sparks: PhotosData

Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

Carson City, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,219
Percent Democrat: 38.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $7.25
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.09
More on Carson City: PhotosData

Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274. The majority of the population of the town lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada, about 30 miles south of Reno. The town originated as a stopover for California bound emigrants, but developed into a city with the Comstock Lode, a silver strike in the mountains to the northeast. The city has served as the capital of Nevada since statehood in 1864 and for much of its history was a hub for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, although the tracks were removed in the 1950s. Prior to 1969, Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County. In 1969, the county was abolished, and its territory merged with Carson City to form the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City. With the consolidation, the city limits today extend west across the Sierra Nevada to the California state line in the middle of Lake Tahoe. Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes.

Fernley, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,261
Percent Democrat: 25.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.31
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Fernley: PhotosData

Coordinates: 393555N 1191254W 39.59861; -119.21500 Fernley is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States, east of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area. The city incorporated in 2001; prior to that it was a census-designated place. The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

Winnemucca, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,870
Percent Democrat: 21.5%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.28
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Winnemucca: PhotosData

Winnemucca ) is the only incorporated city in and is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 7,396, up 3.1 percent from the 2000 census figure of 7,174. Interstate 80 passes through the city, where it meets U.S. Route 95.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Nevada

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

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

  1. Elko
  2. Fallon
  3. Winnemucca

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Nevada

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Mesquite, NV 17,467 52.4%
2 Boulder City, NV 15,648 52.4%
3 Las Vegas, NV 621,662 52.4%
4 North Las Vegas, NV 234,389 52.4%
5 Henderson, NV 284,817 52.4%
6 Reno, NV 239,732 46.4%
7 Sparks, NV 96,786 46.4%
8 Carson City, NV 54,219 38.4%
9 Fernley, NV 19,261 25.9%
10 Winnemucca, NV 7,870 21.5%
11 Fallon, NV 8,325 20.2%
12 Elko, NV 20,225 18.3%

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