These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

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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 Peace Garden State?

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

  1. Fargo (Photos)
  2. West Fargo (Photos)
  3. Grand Forks (Photos)
  4. Valley City (Photos)
  5. Devils Lake (Photos)
  6. Wahpeton (Photos)
  7. Jamestown (Photos)
  8. Bismarck (Photos)
  9. Minot (Photos)
  10. Mandan (Photos)

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

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in North Dakota for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in North Dakota over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 13 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 13 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Fargo, is “The Most liberal City in North Dakota For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In North Dakota For 2019

Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 118,099
Percent Democrat: 38.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $8.84
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Fargo: PhotosData

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 16% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2016 United States Census estimates, its population was 120,762, making it the 229th-most populous city in the United States. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2016 contained a population of 238,124. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.

West Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 33,089
Percent Democrat: 38.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.28
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on West Fargo: PhotosData

West Fargo is a city in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. It is, as of the 2016 Census Estimates, the fifth largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population estimated at 34,858, and it is one of the state’s fastest growing cities. West Fargo was founded in 1926. The city is part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Grand Forks, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 56,236
Percent Democrat: 35.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $6.84
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Grand Forks: PhotosData

Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or The Grand Cities.

Valley City, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,547
Percent Democrat: 29.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $9.14
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Valley City: PhotosData

Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.

Devils Lake, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,313
Percent Democrat: 28.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.68
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Devils Lake: PhotosData

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,822
Percent Democrat: 27.2%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $3.42
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Wahpeton: PhotosData

Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s 2015 population was 7,899.

Jamestown, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,367
Percent Democrat: 24.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $3.83
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.09
More on Jamestown: PhotosData

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.

Bismarck, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 70,536
Percent Democrat: 22.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $7.61
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Bismarck: PhotosData

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city’s population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,171
Percent Democrat: 21.2%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.5
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Minot: PhotosData

Minot MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as “Magic City”, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

Mandan, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,472
Percent Democrat: 19.5%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.28
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Mandan: PhotosData

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in North Dakota

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

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

  1. Williston
  2. Dickinson
  3. Watford City

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In North Dakota

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Fargo, ND 118,099 38.8%
2 West Fargo, ND 33,089 38.8%
3 Grand Forks, ND 56,236 35.7%
4 Valley City, ND 6,547 29.9%
5 Devils Lake, ND 7,313 28.4%
6 Wahpeton, ND 7,822 27.2%
7 Jamestown, ND 15,367 24.6%
8 Bismarck, ND 70,536 22.7%
9 Minot, ND 48,171 21.2%
10 Mandan, ND 21,472 19.5%
11 Watford City, ND 5,441 14.9%
12 Dickinson, ND 22,309 14.2%
13 Williston, ND 25,072 13.5%

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