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 Oregon? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Beaver State.
After analyzing every single city in Oregon with populations greater than 5,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:
- Portland (Photos)
- Gresham (Photos)
- Troutdale (Photos)
- Fairview (Photos)
- Corvallis (Photos)
- Hood River (Photos)
- Eugene (Photos)
- Springfield (Photos)
- Cottage Grove (Photos)
- Florence (Photos)
If you’re wondering, Ontario is the most conservative city of all in Oregon.
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 Oregon.
How we determined the most liberal cities in Oregon
We started by making a list of every place in Oregon over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 76 places in Oregon.
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 76, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in Oregon.’
Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?
Population: 612,206Percent Liberal: 75.37%
Population: 109,308Percent Liberal: 75.37%
Population: 16,479Percent Liberal: 75.37%
Population: 9,181Percent Liberal: 75.37%
Population: 54,981Percent Liberal: 62.0%
6. Hood River
Population: 7,412Percent Liberal: 61.58%
Population: 159,615Percent Liberal: 59.73%
Population: 60,235Percent Liberal: 59.73%
9. Cottage Grove
Population: 9,819Percent Liberal: 59.73%
Population: 8,545Percent Liberal: 59.73%
Summing Up The Liberal Pie
Well there you have it, the places in Oregon that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Portland ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.
If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in Oregon:
- Baker City
- Klamath Falls
For more Oregon reading , check out:
- Study: These Are The 10 Best Oregon Cities For Playing The Lottery
- These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Oregon – RoadSnacks
- 10 Small Towns In Oregon Where You’d Never Want To Live – RoadSnacks
Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In Oregon