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 Virginia? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Old Dominion.
After analyzing every single city in Virginia with populations greater than 5,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:
- Petersburg (Photos)
- Richmond (Photos)
- Charlottesville (Photos)
- Norfolk (Photos)
- Alexandria (Photos)
- Portsmouth (Photos)
- Hampton (Photos)
- Falls Church (Photos)
- Emporia (Photos)
- Franklin (Photos)
If you’re wondering, Richlands is the most conservative city of all in Virginia.
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 Virginia.
How we determined the most liberal cities in Virginia
We started by making a list of every place in Virginia over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 62 places in Virginia.
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 62, and the winner is “The Most Liberal City in Virginia.”
Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?
Population: 32,439Percent Liberal: 89.79%
Population: 211,063Percent Liberal: 77.81%
Population: 44,505Percent Liberal: 75.74%
Population: 244,745Percent Liberal: 72.02%
Population: 146,422Percent Liberal: 71.11%
Population: 96,007Percent Liberal: 70.77%
Population: 136,904Percent Liberal: 70.64%
8. Falls Church
Population: 13,074Percent Liberal: 68.93%
Population: 5,682Percent Liberal: 66.51%
Population: 8,534Percent Liberal: 64.98%
Summing Up The Liberal Pie
Well there you have it, the places in Virginia that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Petersburg ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.
If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in Virginia:
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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In Virginia
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