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, 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.

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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: 32,439
Percent Liberal: 89.79%

2. Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 211,063
Percent Liberal: 77.81%

3. Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,505
Percent Liberal: 75.74%

4. Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 244,745
Percent Liberal: 72.02%

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 146,422
Percent Liberal: 71.11%

6. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 96,007
Percent Liberal: 70.77%

7. Hampton

Hampton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 136,904
Percent Liberal: 70.64%

8. Falls Church

Falls Church, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,074
Percent Liberal: 68.93%

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9. Emporia

Emporia, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,682
Percent Liberal: 66.51%

10. Franklin

Franklin, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,534
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. Richlands
  2. Bluefield
  3. Poquoson

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In Virginia

City Rank Population % Liberal
Petersburg 1 32,439 89.79%
Richmond 2 211,063 77.81%
Charlottesville 3 44,505 75.74%
Norfolk 4 244,745 72.02%
Alexandria 5 146,422 71.11%
Portsmouth 6 96,007 70.77%
Hampton 7 136,904 70.64%
Falls Church 8 13,074 68.93%
Emporia 9 5,682 66.51%
Franklin 10 8,534 64.98%
Newport News 11 181,362 64.32%
Williamsburg 12 14,401 63.28%
Fredericksburg 13 26,632 62.35%
Manassas Park 14 14,992 61.83%
Martinsville 15 13,745 61.35%
Danville 16 42,704 60.47%
Roanoke 17 97,949 60.1%
Herndon 18 24,141 59.57%
Vienna 19 16,173 59.57%
Hopewell 20 22,375 57.35%
Dumfries 21 5,122 57.34%
Fairfax 22 23,507 57.19%
Suffolk 23 85,477 57.01%
Covington 24 5,853 56.61%
Manassas 25 40,436 55.78%
Farmville 26 8,350 55.55%
Harrisonburg 27 50,821 55.5%
Lexington 28 7,114 55.3%
Leesburg 29 46,211 51.53%
Purcellville 30 8,350 51.53%
Staunton 31 24,132 51.1%
Radford 32 16,993 50.6%
Chesapeake 33 228,168 49.86%
Winchester 34 27,031 49.48%
Blacksburg 35 43,204 48.53%
Christiansburg 36 21,427 48.53%
Virginia Beach 37 445,623 47.96%
South Boston 38 8,069 46.53%
Lynchburg 39 77,626 43.76%
Waynesboro 40 21,177 43.68%
Smithfield 41 8,159 42.07%
Culpeper 42 16,968 40.99%
Galax 43 6,981 39.53%
Warrenton 44 9,774 39.28%
Salem 45 25,120 38.64%
Front Royal 46 14,709 38.64%
Vinton 47 8,129 36.53%
Buena Vista 48 6,683 36.38%
Pulaski 49 8,993 36.05%
Bristol 50 17,595 33.74%
Strasburg 51 6,486 33.39%
Woodstock 52 5,164 33.39%
Marion 53 5,931 32.65%
Ashland 54 7,264 30.98%
Wytheville 55 8,193 30.61%
Colonial Heights 56 17,542 29.5%
Bridgewater 57 5,812 28.87%
Abingdon 58 8,176 27.61%
Big Stone Gap 59 5,559 25.04%
Poquoson 60 12,103 23.63%
Bluefield 61 5,375 20.65%
Richlands 62 5,698 20.65%

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