These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Vermont 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 Vermont.

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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 Green Mountain State?

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

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in Vermont for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Vermont over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 12 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 12 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Winooski, is “The Most liberal City in Vermont For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Vermont For 2019

Winooski, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,203
Percent Democrat: 65.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $26.54
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.39
More on Winooski: PhotosData

Winooski is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. Located on the Winooski River, as of the 2010 U.S. Census the municipal population was 7,267. The city is the most densely populated municipality in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is the smallest in area of Vermont’s nine incorporated cities. As part of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area, it is bordered by Burlington, Colchester, and South Burlington.

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,453
Percent Democrat: 65.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $30.48
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.41
More on Burlington: PhotosData

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles south of the Canada-United States border and 94 miles south of Canada’s second most populous municipality, Montreal. The city’s population was 42,452 according to a 2015 U.S. census estimate. It is the least populous municipality in the United States to be the most populous incorporated area in a state.

Essex Junction, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,132
Percent Democrat: 65.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $15.1
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.24
More on Essex Junction: PhotosData

Essex Junction is a village located within the town of Essex in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. The population was 9,271 at the 2010 census. It was incorporated on November 15, 1892.

South Burlington, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,773
Percent Democrat: 65.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $115.66
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.28
More on South Burlington: PhotosData

South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. It is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and home to the headquarters of Ben & Jerry’s and Vermont’s largest mall, the University Mall. It is also one in the principal municipalities of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area.

Brattleboro, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,934
Percent Democrat: 63.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $202.74
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 2.98
More on Brattleboro: PhotosData

Brattleboro, originally Brattleborough, is a town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The most populous municipality abutting Vermont’s eastern border, Brattleboro is located about 10 miles north of the Massachusetts state line, at the confluence of Vermont’s West River and the Connecticut. In 2014, Brattleboro’s population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be 11,765.

Barre, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,778
Percent Democrat: 59.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $6.24
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.11
More on Barre: PhotosData

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,584
Percent Democrat: 59.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $46.48
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.7
More on Montpelier: PhotosData

Montpelier is the capital city of the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Washington County. As the site of Vermont’s state government, it is the least populous state capital in the United States. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census. However, the daytime population swells to about 21,000, due to the large number of jobs within city limits. The Vermont College of Fine Arts and New England Culinary Institute are located in the municipality. It was named for Montpellier, France.

Middlebury, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,024
Percent Democrat: 59.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $244.26
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.35
More on Middlebury: PhotosData

Middlebury is the shire town of Addison County, Vermont, United States. The population was 8,496 at the 2010 census. Middlebury is home to Middlebury College and the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.

Bennington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,813
Percent Democrat: 54.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $39.59
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.75
More on Bennington: PhotosData

Bennington is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, in the United States. It is one of two shire towns of the county, the other being Manchester. The population is 15,431, as of 2014 US Census estimates. Bennington is the most populous town in southern Vermont, the third-largest town in Vermont and the sixth-largest municipality in the state including the cities of Burlington, Rutland, and South Burlington in the count.

Rutland, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,740
Percent Democrat: 46.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $5.71
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Rutland: PhotosData

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Vermont

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

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

  1. St. Albans
  2. St. Johnsbury
  3. Rutland

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Vermont

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Winooski, VT 7,203 65.7%
2 Burlington, VT 42,453 65.7%
3 Essex Junction, VT 10,132 65.7%
4 South Burlington, VT 18,773 65.7%
5 Brattleboro, VT 6,934 63.4%
6 Barre, VT 8,778 59.8%
7 Montpelier, VT 7,584 59.8%
8 Middlebury, VT 7,024 59.0%
9 Bennington, VT 8,813 54.9%
10 Rutland, VT 15,740 46.0%
11 St. Johnsbury, VT 5,789 45.8%
12 St. Albans, VT 6,847 43.7%

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