These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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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 Keystone State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Pennsylvania 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.

If you’re wondering, Punxsutawney is the most conservative city in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in Pennsylvania for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Pennsylvania over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 167 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 167 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Philadelphia, is “The Most liberal City in Pennsylvania For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Pennsylvania For 2019

Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,569,657
Percent Democrat: 82.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $35.35
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Philadelphia: PhotosData

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. The region’s population of 7.2million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Collingdale, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,800
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $0.8
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Collingdale: PhotosData

Chester, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 34,102
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.38
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Chester: PhotosData

Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a population of 33,972 at the 2010 census. Incorporated in 1682, Chester sits on the western bank of the Delaware River between the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.

Folcroft, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,620
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.12
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Folcroft: PhotosData

Folcroft is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,606 at the 2010 census, down from 6,978 at the 2000 census.

Yeadon, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,523
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $8.84
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.18
More on Yeadon: PhotosData

Yeadon is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. It borders the city of Philadelphia. The population was 11,443 at the 2010 census.

Ridley Park, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,035
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $13.0
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.65
More on Ridley Park: PhotosData

Ridley Park is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,002 at the 2010 census. Ridley Park is the home of The Boeing Company’s CH-47 Chinook helicopter division.

Brookhaven, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,051
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.68
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Brookhaven: PhotosData

Brookhaven is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,006 at the 2010 census.

Swarthmore, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,243
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $80.18
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.86
More on Swarthmore: PhotosData

Swarthmore is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Swarthmore was originally named “Westdale” in honor of noted painter Benjamin West, who was one of the early residents of the town. The name was changed to “Swarthmore” after the establishment of Swarthmore College. “Swarthmore” can be pronounced with the first “r” either vocalized or dropped due to differences in rhotic and non-rhotic accents, but locally it is usually pronounced without the first “r”. The borough population was 6,194 as of the 2010 census.

Media, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,346
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $175.54
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.02
More on Media: PhotosData

The borough of Media is the county seat of Delaware County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is located 13 miles west of Philadelphia. Media was incorporated in 1850 at the same time that it was named the county seat. The population was 5,327 at the 2010 census, down from 5,533 at the 2000 census. Its school district is the Rose Tree Media School District with Penncrest High School and Springton Lake Middle School. In June 2006, it became the first fair trade town in America. Media promotes itself by its motto: “Everybody’s Hometown”.

Clifton Heights, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,688
Percent Democrat: 59.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $2.62
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Clifton Heights: PhotosData

Clifton Heights is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, located on Darby Creek 8 miles west of downtown Philadelphia. As of the 2010 census the population was 6,652.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Pennsylvania

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

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

  1. Punxsutawney
  2. Greenville
  3. Sugarcreek

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Pennsylvania

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Philadelphia, PA 1,569,657 82.3%
2 Collingdale, PA 8,800 59.3%
3 Chester, PA 34,102 59.3%
4 Folcroft, PA 6,620 59.3%
5 Yeadon, PA 11,523 59.3%
6 Ridley Park, PA 7,035 59.3%
7 Brookhaven, PA 8,051 59.3%
8 Swarthmore, PA 6,243 59.3%
9 Media, PA 5,346 59.3%
10 Clifton Heights, PA 6,688 59.3%
11 Darby, PA 10,710 59.3%
12 Sharon Hill, PA 5,711 59.3%
13 Norwood, PA 5,896 59.3%
14 Glenolden, PA 7,167 59.3%
15 Lansdowne, PA 10,641 59.3%
16 Souderton, PA 6,813 58.4%
17 Conshohocken, PA 7,985 58.4%
18 Ambler, PA 6,525 58.4%
19 Lansdale, PA 16,506 58.4%
20 Collegeville, PA 5,221 58.4%
21 Hatboro, PA 7,436 58.4%
22 Bridgeville, PA 5,091 55.9%
23 Brentwood, PA 9,528 55.9%
24 Crafton, PA 5,887 55.9%
25 Castle Shannon, PA 8,251 55.9%
26 Baldwin, PA 19,743 55.9%
27 Bellevue, PA 8,269 55.9%
28 Indiana, PA 13,690 55.9%
29 Swissvale, PA 8,881 55.9%
30 Carnegie, PA 7,935 55.9%
31 Turtle Creek, PA 5,281 55.9%
32 Pittsburgh, PA 305,012 55.9%
33 Clairton, PA 6,692 55.9%
34 West View, PA 6,698 55.9%
35 Wilkinsburg, PA 15,748 55.9%
36 White Oak, PA 7,774 55.9%
37 Dormont, PA 8,488 55.9%
38 Oakmont, PA 6,440 55.9%
39 Pleasant Hills, PA 8,225 55.9%
40 Coraopolis, PA 5,607 55.9%
41 Jefferson Hills, PA 11,244 55.9%
42 Franklin Park, PA 14,301 55.9%
43 Forest Hills, PA 6,439 55.9%
44 Munhall, PA 11,296 55.9%
45 Fox Chapel, PA 5,363 55.9%
46 Mckees Rocks, PA 6,037 55.9%
47 Duquesne, PA 5,544 55.9%
48 Mckeesport, PA 19,488 55.9%
49 West Mifflin, PA 20,075 55.9%
50 West Chester, PA 19,698 51.9%
51 Phoenixville, PA 16,743 51.9%
52 Kennett Square, PA 6,138 51.9%
53 Coatesville, PA 13,169 51.9%
54 Catasauqua, PA 6,541 50.0%
55 Emmaus, PA 11,360 50.0%
56 Whitehall, PA 13,828 50.0%
57 Allentown, PA 120,128 50.0%
58 Old Forge, PA 8,090 49.8%
59 Moosic, PA 5,728 49.8%
60 Blakely, PA 6,372 49.8%
61 Scranton, PA 76,624 49.8%
62 Dunmore, PA 13,412 49.8%
63 Olyphant, PA 5,127 49.8%
64 Carbondale, PA 8,625 49.8%
65 Archbald, PA 7,004 49.8%
66 Dickson City, PA 5,903 49.8%
67 Steelton, PA 5,953 49.1%
68 Harrisburg, PA 49,278 49.1%
69 Stroudsburg, PA 5,491 48.4%
70 East Stroudsburg, PA 10,149 48.4%
71 Perkasie, PA 8,505 48.4%
72 Bristol, PA 9,645 48.4%
73 State College, PA 42,224 48.0%
74 Bellefonte, PA 6,282 48.0%
75 Corry, PA 6,451 46.4%
76 Erie, PA 98,970 46.4%
77 Edinboro, PA 6,206 46.4%
78 Bangor, PA 5,217 45.8%
79 Easton, PA 27,045 45.8%
80 Bethlehem, PA 75,240 45.8%
81 Nazareth, PA 5,706 45.8%
82 Wilson, PA 7,817 45.8%
83 Shillington, PA 5,282 42.6%
84 Wyomissing, PA 10,452 42.6%
85 Reading, PA 88,275 42.6%
86 Birdsboro, PA 5,156 42.6%
87 Hazleton, PA 24,882 38.6%
88 Nanticoke, PA 10,296 38.6%
89 Pittston, PA 7,682 38.6%
90 Kingston, PA 12,959 38.6%
91 Beaver Falls, PA 8,641 38.5%
92 Monaca, PA 5,614 38.5%
93 Aliquippa, PA 9,173 38.5%
94 Economy, PA 9,230 38.5%
95 Ambridge, PA 6,853 38.5%
96 New Brighton, PA 5,889 38.5%
97 Mechanicsburg, PA 9,016 38.1%
98 Shippensburg, PA 5,558 38.1%
99 Camp Hill, PA 7,906 38.1%
100 New Cumberland, PA 7,305 38.1%

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