These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Virginia


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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 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:

  1. Petersburg (Photos)
  2. Richmond (Photos)
  3. Charlottesville (Photos)
  4. Norfolk (Photos)
  5. Alexandria (Photos)
  6. Portsmouth (Photos)
  7. Hampton (Photos)
  8. Falls Church (Photos)
  9. Emporia (Photos)
  10. Franklin (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Bluefield 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.

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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?

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1. Petersburg

Petersburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,123
Percent Liberal: 89.79%

2. Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 213,735
Percent Liberal: 77.81%

3. Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,084
Percent Liberal: 75.74%

4. Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 245,452
Percent Liberal: 72.02%

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 149,315
Percent Liberal: 71.11%

6. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 96,135
Percent Liberal: 70.77%

7. Hampton

Hampton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 137,081
Percent Liberal: 70.64%

8. Falls Church

Falls Church, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,308
Percent Liberal: 68.93%

9. Emporia

Emporia, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,672
Percent Liberal: 66.51%

10. Franklin

Franklin, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,457
Percent 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:

  1. Bluefield
  2. Richlands
  3. Poquoson

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In Virginia

City Rank Population % Liberal
Petersburg 1 32,123 89.79%
Richmond 2 213,735 77.81%
Charlottesville 3 45,084 75.74%
Norfolk 4 245,452 72.02%
Alexandria 5 149,315 71.11%
Portsmouth 6 96,135 70.77%
Hampton 7 137,081 70.64%
Falls Church 8 13,308 68.93%
Emporia 9 5,672 66.51%
Franklin 10 8,457 64.98%
Newport News 11 181,323 64.32%
Williamsburg 12 14,754 63.28%
Fredericksburg 13 27,395 62.35%
Manassas Park 14 15,625 61.83%
Martinsville 15 13,624 61.35%
Danville 16 42,450 60.47%
Roanoke 17 98,736 60.1%
Herndon 18 24,384 59.57%
Vienna 19 16,341 59.57%
Hopewell 20 22,279 57.35%
Dumfries 21 5,158 57.34%
Fairfax 22 23,402 57.19%
Suffolk 23 86,184 57.01%
Covington 24 5,736 56.61%
Manassas 25 40,743 55.78%
Farmville 26 8,355 55.55%
Harrisonburg 27 51,388 55.5%
Lexington 28 7,071 55.3%
Purcellville 29 8,658 51.53%
Leesburg 30 47,872 51.53%
Staunton 31 24,193 51.1%
Radford 32 17,057 50.6%
Chesapeake 33 230,601 49.86%
Winchester 34 27,168 49.48%
Blacksburg 35 43,530 48.53%
Christiansburg 36 21,623 48.53%
Virginia Beach 37 448,290 47.96%
South Boston 38 8,037 46.53%
Lynchburg 39 78,158 43.76%
Waynesboro 40 21,150 43.68%
Smithfield 41 8,233 42.07%
Culpeper 42 17,167 40.99%
Galax 43 6,876 39.53%
Warrenton 44 9,843 39.28%
Salem 45 25,165 38.64%
Front Royal 46 14,846 38.64%
Vinton 47 8,162 36.53%
Buena Vista 48 6,666 36.38%
Pulaski 49 8,958 36.05%
Bristol 50 17,524 33.74%
Woodstock 51 5,181 33.39%
Strasburg 52 6,506 33.39%
Marion 53 5,919 32.65%
Ashland 54 7,298 30.98%
Wytheville 55 8,154 30.61%
Colonial Heights 56 17,515 29.5%
Bridgewater 57 5,844 28.87%
Abingdon 58 8,143 27.61%
Big Stone Gap 59 5,508 25.04%
Poquoson 60 12,077 23.63%
Richlands 61 5,630 20.65%
Bluefield 62 5,350 20.65%

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