These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In New York


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Now that we’re in full 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 this year. Who makes the decisions? Not the people getting elected. It’s the voters.

So, we wanted to know – how does the electorate stack up in New York? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Empire State.

After analyzing every single city in New York with populations greater than 5,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:

  1. New York (Photos)
  2. Ithaca (Photos)
  3. Cohoes (Photos)
  4. Colonie (Photos)
  5. Albany (Photos)
  6. Watervliet (Photos)
  7. Malone (Photos)
  8. Saranac Lake (Photos)
  9. New Rochelle (Photos)
  10. Port Chester (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Batavia is the most conservative city of all in New York.

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 York.

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How we determined the most liberal cities in New York

We started by making a list of every place in New York over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 167 places in New York.

We then measured the voting record and census data to determine which cities lean the most leftward in their allegiances. Basically, what percentage of a city voted liberal in the 2012 elecetion?

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 167, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in New York.’

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

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1. New York

New York, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,426,743
Percent Liberal: 82.02%

2. Ithaca

Ithaca, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,565
Percent Liberal: 68.49%

3. Cohoes

Cohoes, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,281
Percent Liberal: 64.49%

4. Colonie

Colonie, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,898
Percent Liberal: 64.49%

5. Albany

Albany, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 98,468
Percent Liberal: 64.49%

6. Watervliet

Watervliet, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,241
Percent Liberal: 64.49%

7. Malone

Malone, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,830
Percent Liberal: 62.09%

8. Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,727
Percent Liberal: 62.09%

9. New Rochelle

New Rochelle, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 79,027
Percent Liberal: 61.99%

10. Port Chester

Port Chester, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,406
Percent Liberal: 61.99%

Summing Up The Liberal Pie

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

If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in New York:

  1. Batavia
  2. Medina
  3. Albion

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In New York

City Rank Population % Liberal
New York 1 8,426,743 82.02%
Ithaca 2 30,565 68.49%
Cohoes 3 16,281 64.49%
Colonie 4 7,898 64.49%
Albany 5 98,468 64.49%
Watervliet 6 10,241 64.49%
Malone 7 5,830 62.09%
Saranac Lake 8 5,727 62.09%
New Rochelle 9 79,027 61.99%
Port Chester 10 29,406 61.99%
Harrison 11 27,998 61.99%
Ossining 12 25,311 61.99%
Sleepy Hollow 13 10,074 61.99%
Peekskill 14 23,928 61.99%
Pleasantville 15 7,125 61.99%
Mamaroneck 16 19,219 61.99%
Briarcliff Manor 17 7,739 61.99%
Scarsdale 18 17,621 61.99%
Hastings-On-Hudson 19 7,951 61.99%
Croton-On-Hudson 20 8,202 61.99%
Rye 21 15,944 61.99%
Mount Kisco 22 11,060 61.99%
Dobbs Ferry 23 11,055 61.99%
Rye Brook 24 9,510 61.99%
Tuckahoe 25 6,586 61.99%
Irvington 26 6,540 61.99%
Pelham 27 6,993 61.99%
Yonkers 28 199,435 61.99%
Bronxville 29 6,409 61.99%
White Plains 30 57,790 61.99%
Larchmont 31 6,005 61.99%
Pelham Manor 32 5,567 61.99%
Mount Vernon 33 68,221 61.99%
Plattsburgh 34 19,845 61.85%
New Paltz 35 7,055 59.97%
Kingston 36 23,625 59.97%
Solvay 37 6,490 59.72%
Syracuse 38 144,564 59.72%
Baldwinsville 39 7,692 59.72%
North Syracuse 40 6,641 59.72%
Webster 41 5,524 57.97%
Brockport 42 8,428 57.97%
East Rochester 43 6,678 57.97%
Rochester 44 210,745 57.97%
Fairport 45 5,362 57.97%
Hilton 46 5,936 57.97%
Potsdam 47 9,656 57.41%
Canton 48 6,665 57.41%
Ogdensburg 49 10,996 57.41%
Massena 50 11,086 57.41%
Lackawanna 51 18,019 57.31%
Kenmore 52 15,271 57.31%
Williamsville 53 5,269 57.31%
Depew 54 15,227 57.31%
Hamburg 55 9,521 57.31%
Buffalo 56 259,517 57.31%
Lancaster 57 10,300 57.31%
East Aurora 58 6,251 57.31%
Tonawanda 59 15,000 57.31%
Scotia 60 7,744 56.74%
Schenectady 61 65,735 56.74%
Hudson 62 6,572 55.69%
Troy 63 49,933 54.96%
Rensselaer 64 9,502 54.96%
Auburn 65 27,264 54.58%
Monticello 66 6,685 53.73%
Waterloo 67 5,048 53.48%
Cortland 68 19,134 53.41%
Hempstead 69 55,105 53.28%
Floral Park 70 16,093 53.28%
Massapequa Park 71 17,175 53.28%
Mineola 72 18,980 53.28%
Lynbrook 73 19,556 53.28%
Freeport 74 43,251 53.28%
Garden City 75 22,575 53.28%
Valley Stream 76 37,838 53.28%
Long Beach 77 33,470 53.28%
Glen Cove 78 27,245 53.28%
Westbury 79 15,273 53.28%
Rockville Centre 80 24,155 53.28%
Sea Cliff 81 5,025 53.28%
East Rockaway 82 9,871 53.28%
Kings Point 83 5,071 53.28%
North Hills 84 5,190 53.28%
Lawrence 85 6,529 53.28%
Cedarhurst 86 6,655 53.28%
Manorhaven 87 6,684 53.28%
Bayville 88 6,724 53.28%
Great Neck Plaza 89 6,879 53.28%
East Hills 90 7,066 53.28%
Great Neck 91 10,095 53.28%
Farmingdale 92 8,399 53.28%
Malverne 93 8,552 53.28%
Williston Park 94 7,322 53.28%
New Hyde Park 95 9,788 53.28%
Poughkeepsie 96 30,635 52.8%
Wappingers Falls 97 5,424 52.8%
Beacon 98 14,375 52.8%
Chestnut Ridge 99 8,090 52.78%
Haverstraw 100 12,094 52.78%

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