These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In West 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 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:

  1. Charles Town
  2. Morgantown (Photos)
  3. St. Albans (Photos)
  4. Nitro (Photos)
  5. South Charleston (Photos)
  6. Charleston (Photos)
  7. Dunbar
  8. Huntington (Photos)
  9. Fairmont (Photos)
  10. Oak Hill (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Princeton 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.

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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?

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1. Charles Town

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,464
Percent Liberal: 46.94%

2. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,133
Percent Liberal: 43.89%

3. St. Albans

St. Albans, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,939
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

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4. Nitro

Nitro, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,860
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

5. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,380
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

6. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,911
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

7. Dunbar

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,844
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

8. Huntington

Huntington, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,053
Percent Liberal: 42.19%

9. Fairmont

Fairmont, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,746
Percent Liberal: 41.57%

10. Oak Hill

Oak Hill, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,270
Percent 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:

  1. Princeton
  2. Bluefield
  3. Buckhannon

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In West Virginia

City Rank Population % Liberal
Charles Town 1 5,464 46.94%
Morgantown 2 30,133 43.89%
St. Albans 3 10,939 43.26%
Nitro 4 6,860 43.26%
South Charleston 5 13,380 43.26%
Charleston 6 50,911 43.26%
Dunbar 7 7,844 43.26%
Huntington 8 49,053 42.19%
Fairmont 9 18,746 41.57%
Oak Hill 10 8,270 38.52%
Martinsburg 11 17,508 38.38%
Weirton 12 19,523 38.18%
Wheeling 13 28,129 37.88%
New Martinsville 14 5,322 37.85%
Clarksburg 15 16,437 37.21%
Bridgeport 16 8,316 37.21%
Moundsville 17 8,960 34.7%
Elkins 18 7,241 34.24%
Parkersburg 19 31,195 33.05%
Vienna 20 10,654 33.05%
Grafton 21 5,179 32.85%
Hurricane 22 6,352 30.64%
Beckley 23 17,529 26.84%
Keyser 24 5,350 26.26%
Buckhannon 25 5,646 26.08%
Bluefield 26 10,465 25.53%
Princeton 27 6,387 25.53%

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