These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In North Dakota


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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 North Dakota? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Peace Garden State.

After analyzing every single city in North Dakota with populations greater than 2,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:

  1. Lisbon
  2. Fargo (Photos)
  3. West Fargo (Photos)
  4. Casselton
  5. Horace
  6. Grand Forks (Photos)
  7. Valley City (Photos)
  8. Devils Lake (Photos)
  9. Wahpeton (Photos)
  10. Grafton

If you’re wondering, Williston is the most conservative city of all in North Dakota.

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 North Dakota.

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How we determined the most liberal cities in North Dakota

We started by making a list of every place in North Dakota over 2,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 25 places in North Dakota.

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 25, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in North Dakota.’

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

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1. Lisbon

Lisbon, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,081
Percent Liberal: 55.38%

2. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 113,464
Percent Liberal: 47.0%

3. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,892
Percent Liberal: 47.0%

4. Casselton


Population: 2,466
Percent Liberal: 47.0%

5. Horace

Horace, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,523
Percent Liberal: 47.0%

6. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,944
Percent Liberal: 46.73%

7. Valley City

Valley City, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,626
Percent Liberal: 43.35%

8. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,275
Percent Liberal: 43.29%

9. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,835
Percent Liberal: 42.01%

10. Grafton

Grafton, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,282
Percent Liberal: 41.68%

Summing Up The Liberal Pie

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

If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in North Dakota:

  1. Williston
  2. Dickinson
  3. Hazen

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In North Dakota

City Rank Population % Liberal
Lisbon 1 2,081 55.38%
Fargo 2 113,464 47.0%
West Fargo 3 29,892 47.0%
Casselton 4 2,466 47.0%
Horace 5 2,523 47.0%
Grand Forks 6 54,944 46.73%
Valley City 7 6,626 43.35%
Devils Lake 8 7,275 43.29%
Wahpeton 9 7,835 42.01%
Grafton 10 4,282 41.68%
New Town 11 2,306 40.58%
Stanley 12 2,118 40.58%
Jamestown 13 15,418 37.51%
Carrington 14 2,011 36.09%
Bottineau 15 2,273 33.28%
Minot 16 46,194 33.15%
Mandan 17 19,962 32.83%
Bismarck 18 66,980 32.55%
Lincoln 19 3,093 32.55%
Rugby 20 3,112 30.3%
Watford City 21 3,728 26.86%
Beulah 22 3,286 26.17%
Hazen 23 2,578 26.17%
Dickinson 24 21,097 24.17%
Williston 25 22,051 23.68%

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