These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

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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 Granite State?

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

  1. Hanover (Photos)
  2. Lebanon (Photos)
  3. Keene (Photos)
  4. Dover (Photos)
  5. Somersworth (Photos)
  6. Durham (Photos)
  7. Rochester (Photos)
  8. Concord (Photos)
  9. South Hooksett (Photos)
  10. Suncook (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Laconia is the most conservative city in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in New Hampshire for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in New Hampshire over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 25 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 25 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Hanover, is “The Most liberal City in New Hampshire For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In New Hampshire For 2019

Hanover, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,495
Percent Democrat: 55.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $295.7
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.51
More on Hanover: PhotosData

Hanover is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,260 at the 2010 census. CNN and Money magazine rated Hanover the sixth best place to live in America in 2011, and the second best in 2007. “This just might be the best college town,” read the headline of a story in the January-February 2017 issue of Yankee.

Lebanon, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,544
Percent Democrat: 55.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $105.5
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.68
More on Lebanon: PhotosData

Lebanon locally is a city in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,151 at the 2010 census and an estimated 13,513 as of 2016. Lebanon is located in western New Hampshire, south of Hanover, near the Connecticut River. It is the home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, together comprising the largest medical facility between Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont.

Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,204
Percent Democrat: 52.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $17.47
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.11
More on Keene: PhotosData

Keene is a city in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 23,409 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of Cheshire County.

Dover, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,901
Percent Democrat: 50.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $6.5
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Dover: PhotosData

Dover is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 29,987 at the 2010 census, the largest in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. The population was estimated at 31,153 in 2016. It is the county seat of Strafford County, and home to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, the Woodman Institute Museum, and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

Somersworth, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,797
Percent Democrat: 50.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $8.41
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Somersworth: PhotosData

Somersworth is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,766 at the 2010 census. Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire’s 13 cities.

Durham, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,753
Percent Democrat: 50.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $63.51
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.4
More on Durham: PhotosData

Durham is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 14,638 at the 2010 census. Durham is home to the University of New Hampshire.

Rochester, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,212
Percent Democrat: 50.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.32
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Rochester: PhotosData

Rochester is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 29,752, and in 2016 the estimated population was 30,345. The city includes the villages of East Rochester, Gonic, and North Rochester. Rochester is home to Skyhaven Airport

Concord, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,717
Percent Democrat: 48.1%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $20.95
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.16
More on Concord: PhotosData

Concord is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,695.

South Hooksett, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,927
Percent Democrat: 48.1%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $90.13
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.52
More on South Hooksett: PhotosData

Suncook, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,272
Percent Democrat: 48.1%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $5.85
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.14
More on Suncook: PhotosData

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in New Hampshire

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

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

  1. Laconia
  2. Berlin
  3. Portsmouth

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In New Hampshire

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Hanover, NH 8,495 55.7%
2 Lebanon, NH 13,544 55.7%
3 Keene, NH 23,204 52.7%
4 Dover, NH 30,901 50.6%
5 Somersworth, NH 11,797 50.6%
6 Durham, NH 10,753 50.6%
7 Rochester, NH 30,212 50.6%
8 Concord, NH 42,717 48.1%
9 South Hooksett, NH 5,927 48.1%
10 Suncook, NH 5,272 48.1%
11 Franklin, NH 8,491 48.1%
12 Manchester, NH 110,601 46.5%
13 Pinardville, NH 5,142 46.5%
14 Milford, NH 9,323 46.5%
15 Hudson, NH 7,665 46.5%
16 Nashua, NH 87,642 46.5%
17 Claremont, NH 13,028 45.0%
18 Exeter, NH 9,130 44.1%
19 Derry, NH 22,378 44.1%
20 Newmarket, NH 5,519 44.1%
21 Londonderry, NH 11,313 44.1%
22 Hampton, NH 9,429 44.1%
23 Portsmouth, NH 21,644 44.1%
24 Berlin, NH 10,273 42.0%
25 Laconia, NH 16,237 38.6%

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