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 West Virginia? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Mountain State.
After analyzing every single city in West Virginia with populations greater than 5,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:
- Charles Town
- Morgantown (Photos)
- Charleston (Photos)
- South Charleston (Photos)
- St. Albans (Photos)
- Huntington (Photos)
- Fairmont (Photos)
- Oak Hill (Photos)
If you’re wondering, Bluefield is the most conservative city of all in West 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 West Virginia.
How we determined the most liberal cities in West Virginia
We started by making a list of every place in West Virginia over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 27 places in West 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 27, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in West Virginia.’
Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?
1. Charles Town
Population: 5,587 Percent Liberal: 46.94%
Population: 30,164Percent Liberal: 43.89%
Population: 50,566Percent Liberal: 43.26%
4. South Charleston
Population: 13,276Percent Liberal: 43.26%
5. St. Albans
Population: 10,882Percent Liberal: 43.26%
Population: 6,711 Percent Liberal: 43.26%
Population: 7,798 Percent Liberal: 43.26%
Population: 48,944Percent Liberal: 42.19%
Population: 18,773Percent Liberal: 41.57%
10. Oak Hill
Population: 8,249Percent Liberal: 38.52%
Summing Up The Liberal Pie
Well there you have it, the places in West Virginia that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Charles Town ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.
If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in West Virginia:
For more West Virginia reading , check out:
- 10 Small Towns In West Virginia Where You’d Never Want To Live – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In West Virginia – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In West Virginia – RoadSnacks
Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In West Virginia