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 Dakota? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Mount Rushmore State.
After analyzing every single city in South Dakota with populations greater than 2,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:
- Vermillion (Photos)
- Brookings (Photos)
- Dell Rapids
- Brandon (Photos)
- Sioux Falls (Photos)
- Aberdeen (Photos)
If you’re wondering, Belle Fourche is the most conservative city of all in South 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 South Dakota.
How we determined the most liberal cities in South Dakota
We started by making a list of every place in South Dakota over 2,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 37 places in South 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 37, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in South Dakota.’
Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?
Population: 10,746Percent Liberal: 56.46%
Population: 2,668Percent Liberal: 54.09%
Population: 2,082Percent Liberal: 47.12%
Population: 22,974Percent Liberal: 46.99%
Population: 2,401Percent Liberal: 46.99%
6. Dell Rapids
Population: 3,693 Percent Liberal: 45.28%
Population: 9,497Percent Liberal: 45.28%
Population: 2,887Percent Liberal: 45.28%
9. Sioux Falls
Population: 164,341Percent Liberal: 45.28%
Population: 27,418Percent Liberal: 45.12%
Summing Up The Liberal Pie
Well there you have it, the places in South Dakota that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Vermillion ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.
If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in South Dakota:
- Belle Fourche
For more South Dakota reading , check out:
- If You’re From South Dakota This Will Be The Highlight Of Your Day. No Doubt.
- These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In South Dakota – RoadSnacks
- 10 Small Towns In South Dakota Where You’d Never Want To Live – RoadSnacks
Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In South Dakota
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