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. Charleston (Photos)
  4. South Charleston (Photos)
  5. St. Albans (Photos)
  6. Nitro
  7. Dunbar
  8. Huntington (Photos)
  9. Fairmont (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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: Public Domain

Population: 5,587
Percent Liberal: 46.94%

2. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,164
Percent Liberal: 43.89%

3. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,566
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

4. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,276
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

5. St. Albans

St. Albans, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,882
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

6. Nitro


Population: 6,711
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

7. Dunbar


Population: 7,798
Percent Liberal: 43.26%

8. Huntington

Huntington, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,944
Percent Liberal: 42.19%

9. Fairmont

Fairmont, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,773
Percent Liberal: 41.57%

10. Oak Hill

Oak Hill, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,249
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. Bluefield
  2. Princeton
  3. Buckhannon

For more West Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In West Virginia

City Rank Population % Liberal
Charles Town 1 5,587 46.94%
Morgantown 2 30,164 43.89%
Charleston 3 50,566 43.26%
South Charleston 4 13,276 43.26%
St. Albans 5 10,882 43.26%
Nitro 6 6,711 43.26%
Dunbar 7 7,798 43.26%
Huntington 8 48,944 42.19%
Fairmont 9 18,773 41.57%
Oak Hill 10 8,249 38.52%
Martinsburg 11 17,564 38.38%
Weirton 12 19,432 38.18%
Wheeling 13 27,894 37.88%
New Martinsville 14 5,295 37.85%
Bridgeport 15 8,338 37.21%
Clarksburg 16 16,347 37.21%
Moundsville 17 8,888 34.7%
Elkins 18 7,244 34.24%
Vienna 19 10,623 33.05%
Parkersburg 20 31,133 33.05%
Grafton 21 5,173 32.85%
Hurricane 22 6,388 30.64%
Beckley 23 17,375 26.84%
Keyser 24 5,320 26.26%
Buckhannon 25 5,650 26.08%
Princeton 26 6,082 25.53%
Bluefield 27 10,431 25.53%

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