These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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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 Volunteer State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Tennessee 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, Newport is the most conservative city in Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in Tennessee for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Tennessee over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 94 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 94 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Memphis, is “The Most liberal City in Tennessee For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Tennessee For 2019

Memphis, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 654,723
Percent Democrat: 61.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $7.43
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Memphis: PhotosData

Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers.

Arlington, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,678
Percent Democrat: 61.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $12.02
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Arlington: PhotosData

Arlington is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee. The population was 2,569 at the 2000 census and 11,517 at the 2010 census, for a gain of 348.3% during the decade. The 2010 US Census shows that Arlington is the 2nd fastest growing community in the State of Tennessee. It is one of seven municipalities in Shelby County.

Lakeland, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,623
Percent Democrat: 61.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $12.88
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Lakeland: PhotosData

Lakeland is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, and a suburb of Memphis. The population was 12,430 at the 2010 census.

Millington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,073
Percent Democrat: 61.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $0.6
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Millington: PhotosData

Millington is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 10,176. Millington is the home of the Memphis International Raceway. It was granted the title “Flag City Tennessee” by the Tennessee State Legislature. The Naval Support Activity Mid-South is located at the former Memphis Naval Air Station, which was changed functions from a training base to an administrative one in 1993. There is also a general aviation airport that features the third longest runway in Tennessee.

Germantown, TN

Source: City Of Germantwon
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,230
Percent Democrat: 61.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $20.6
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.17
More on Germantown: PhotosData

Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.

Collierville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 48,960
Percent Democrat: 61.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $7.78
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.07
More on Collierville: PhotosData

Collierville is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, and a suburb located in the Memphis metropolitan area. The town had a population of 43,965 at the 2010 census.

Bartlett, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,640
Percent Democrat: 61.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $4.19
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Bartlett: PhotosData

Bartlett is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, located northeast of Memphis, and is part of the Memphis metropolitan area. The population was 54,613 at the 2010 U.S. Census.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,935
Percent Democrat: 59.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $29.03
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.34
More on Goodlettsville: Data

Goodlettsville is a city in Davidson and Sumner counties, Tennessee. Goodlettsville was incorporated as a city in 1958 with a population of just over 3,000 residents; at the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 15,921 and in 2015 the population was 16,994. Goodlettsville chose to remain autonomous in 1963 when the city of Nashville merged with the government of Davidson County.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,002
Percent Democrat: 59.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $738.29
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 3.01
More on Forest Hills: Data

Brownsville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,829
Percent Democrat: 54.3%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $8.86
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Brownsville: PhotosData

Brownsville is a city in Haywood County, Tennessee. It is the county seat of Haywood County, which is in the broad delta floodplain near the Mississippi River. Its population as of the 2010 census is 10,292.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Tennessee

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

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

  1. Newport
  2. Savannah
  3. Elizabethton

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Tennessee

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Memphis, TN 654,723 61.9%
2 Arlington, TN 11,678 61.9%
3 Lakeland, TN 12,623 61.9%
4 Millington, TN 11,073 61.9%
5 Germantown, TN 39,230 61.9%
6 Collierville, TN 48,960 61.9%
7 Bartlett, TN 58,640 61.9%
8 Goodlettsville, TN 16,935 59.8%
9 Forest Hills, TN 5,002 59.8%
10 Brownsville, TN 9,829 54.3%
11 Bolivar, TN 5,037 45.1%
12 Jackson, TN 66,977 40.5%
13 Red Bank, TN 11,744 38.8%
14 East Ridge, TN 21,193 38.8%
15 Collegedale, TN 10,902 38.8%
16 Signal Mountain, TN 8,507 38.8%
17 Chattanooga, TN 176,291 38.8%
18 Ripley, TN 8,148 37.8%
19 Clarksville, TN 147,771 37.7%
20 Knoxville, TN 184,465 34.8%
21 Farragut, TN 21,975 34.8%
22 La Vergne, TN 34,905 34.2%
23 Murfreesboro, TN 126,188 34.2%
24 Smyrna, TN 46,885 34.2%
25 Oakland, TN 7,508 30.3%
26 Clinton, TN 9,961 30.2%
27 Oak Ridge, TN 29,009 30.2%
28 Nolensville, TN 7,119 29.2%
29 Franklin, TN 72,990 29.2%
30 Spring Hill, TN 35,995 29.2%
31 Brentwood, TN 41,524 29.2%
32 Fairview, TN 8,442 29.2%
33 Columbia, TN 36,635 28.4%
34 Milan, TN 7,715 26.9%
35 Humboldt, TN 8,155 26.9%
36 Winchester, TN 8,467 26.7%
37 Pulaski, TN 7,653 26.2%
38 Jonesborough, TN 5,275 26.2%
39 Johnson City, TN 65,598 26.2%
40 Mcminnville, TN 13,591 26.0%
41 Lebanon, TN 30,212 25.4%
42 Hendersonville, TN 55,635 25.4%
43 White House, TN 11,107 25.4%
44 Mount Juliet, TN 31,397 25.4%
45 Portland, TN 12,258 25.4%
46 Gallatin, TN 34,495 25.4%
47 Millersville, TN 6,760 25.4%
48 Dickson, TN 15,128 25.3%
49 Cookeville, TN 32,536 25.2%
50 Lewisburg, TN 11,457 24.9%
51 Munford, TN 6,009 24.6%
52 Atoka, TN 8,994 24.6%
53 Covington, TN 8,921 24.6%
54 Springfield, TN 16,692 24.5%
55 Greenbrier, TN 6,720 24.5%
56 Paris, TN 10,059 23.7%
57 Manchester, TN 10,430 23.7%
58 Tullahoma, TN 19,037 23.7%
59 Alcoa, TN 9,343 23.2%
60 Maryville, TN 28,208 23.2%
61 Martin, TN 10,797 22.8%
62 Mckenzie, TN 5,455 22.4%
63 Kingston, TN 5,812 22.3%
64 Harriman, TN 6,153 22.3%
65 Rockwood, TN 5,415 22.3%
66 Shelbyville, TN 21,028 22.1%
67 Dyersburg, TN 16,666 21.1%
68 Loudon, TN 5,697 21.0%
69 Lenoir City, TN 9,007 21.0%
70 Bristol, TN 26,668 20.2%
71 Kingsport, TN 52,698 20.2%
72 Union City, TN 10,479 19.8%
73 Morristown, TN 29,446 19.7%
74 Crossville, TN 11,284 19.7%
75 Henderson, TN 6,237 19.1%
76 Fayetteville, TN 6,976 19.1%
77 Athens, TN 13,559 18.7%
78 Sweetwater, TN 5,842 18.6%
79 Dunlap, TN 5,061 18.5%
80 Jefferson City, TN 8,220 18.3%
81 Cleveland, TN 43,496 18.3%
82 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,614 18.0%
83 La Follette, TN 6,983 17.9%
84 Greeneville, TN 14,895 17.9%
85 Dayton, TN 7,341 17.6%
86 Lexington, TN 7,731 17.6%
87 Erwin, TN 5,921 17.5%
88 Pigeon Forge, TN 6,147 17.3%
89 Sevierville, TN 16,387 17.3%
90 Church Hill, TN 6,686 16.9%
91 Mount Carmel, TN 5,386 16.9%
92 Elizabethton, TN 13,796 16.4%
93 Savannah, TN 6,977 16.3%
94 Newport, TN 6,780 16.3%

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