These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In South Carolina


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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 South Carolina? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Palmetto State.

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

  1. Orangeburg (Photos)
  2. Columbia (Photos)
  3. Forest Acres
  4. Irmo
  5. Marion
  6. Bennettsville
  7. Sumter
  8. Dillon (Photos)
  9. Chester (Photos)
  10. Darlington

If you’re wondering, Central is the most conservative city of all in South Carolina.

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 South Carolina.

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How we determined the most liberal cities in South Carolina

We started by making a list of every place in South Carolina over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 61 places in South Carolina.

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 61, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in South Carolina.’

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

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1. Orangeburg

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,685
Percent Liberal: 71.37%

2. Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 131,958
Percent Liberal: 65.34%

3. Forest Acres


Population: 10,545
Percent Liberal: 65.34%

4. Irmo


Population: 11,704
Percent Liberal: 65.34%

5. Marion


Population: 6,793
Percent Liberal: 64.65%

6. Bennettsville


Population: 8,834
Percent Liberal: 61.91%

7. Sumter


Population: 40,851
Percent Liberal: 58.32%

8. Dillon

Dillon, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,705
Percent Liberal: 57.71%

9. Chester

Chester, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,527
Percent Liberal: 54.77%

10. Darlington


Population: 6,212
Percent Liberal: 51.27%

Summing Up The Liberal Pie

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

If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in South Carolina:

  1. Central
  2. Clemson
  3. Easley

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In South Carolina

City Rank Population % Liberal
Orangeburg 1 13,685 71.37%
Columbia 2 131,958 65.34%
Forest Acres 3 10,545 65.34%
Irmo 4 11,704 65.34%
Marion 5 6,793 64.65%
Bennettsville 6 8,834 61.91%
Sumter 7 40,851 58.32%
Dillon 8 6,705 57.71%
Chester 9 5,527 54.77%
Darlington 10 6,212 51.27%
Hartsville 11 7,851 51.27%
Charleston 12 127,694 50.39%
Mount Pleasant 13 74,952 50.39%
North Charleston 14 104,146 50.39%
Walterboro 15 5,312 49.6%
Lake City 16 6,728 49.23%
Florence 17 38,000 49.23%
Cheraw 18 5,800 47.96%
Union 19 8,144 46.22%
Georgetown 20 9,079 45.74%
Abbeville 21 5,197 42.57%
Newberry 22 10,279 42.28%
Moncks Corner 23 9,108 41.85%
Goose Creek 24 39,408 41.85%
Hanahan 25 19,707 41.85%
Greenwood 26 23,254 41.76%
Summerville 27 46,200 41.24%
Hilton Head Island 28 39,071 40.72%
Bluffton 29 14,607 40.72%
Beaufort 30 12,839 40.72%
Port Royal 31 11,513 40.72%
Laurens 32 9,122 40.6%
Clinton 33 8,561 40.6%
Lancaster 34 8,853 40.49%
Camden 35 6,982 40.29%
Tega Cay 36 8,609 39.05%
York 37 7,945 39.05%
Fort Mill 38 12,525 39.05%
Rock Hill 39 69,196 39.05%
Clover 40 5,442 39.05%
Spartanburg 41 37,465 37.72%
North Augusta 42 22,037 35.99%
Aiken 43 30,183 35.99%
Greenville 44 61,734 35.24%
Simpsonville 45 19,706 35.24%
Mauldin 46 24,396 35.24%
Greer 47 27,186 35.24%
Fountain Inn 48 8,399 35.24%
Gaffney 49 12,562 34.81%
North Myrtle Beach 50 14,824 34.6%
Myrtle Beach 51 29,198 34.6%
Conway 52 19,356 34.6%
Anderson 53 26,978 31.03%
Lexington 54 19,447 30.32%
West Columbia 55 15,757 30.32%
Cayce 56 13,554 30.32%
Batesburg-Leesville 57 5,251 30.32%
Seneca 58 8,184 27.88%
Easley 59 20,374 24.49%
Clemson 60 14,664 24.49%
Central 61 5,160 24.49%

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