These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In West Virginia For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most liberal places to live in West Virginia.

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Now that we’re starting up the 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 in the coming years.

Who makes the decisions? Not the people getting elected. It’s the voters.

Specifically, we wanted to know which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in the Mountain State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in West Virginia with populations greater than 5,000 voted and contributed to political campaigns in the past several years. The cities with the highest percentage of voters who voted Democrat and gave the most to liberals where named the most liberal cities in the state.

Here are the 10 most liberal places in West Virginia for 2019:

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

If you’re wondering, Keyser is the most conservative city in West Virginia of all those we measured.

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.

And if you already knew these places were liberal, check out some more reading about West Virginia and the most lberal places in the country:

How we determined the most liberal cities in West Virginia for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in West Virginia over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 27 cities and towns.

We then measured the voting record and donation data to determine which places lean the most rightward in their allegiances by:

  1. Percentage Of Registered Democrats
  2. # Of Contributions To Democrats Per Capita
  3. $ Amount Contributed To Democrats Per Capita

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 27 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Morgantown, is “The Most liberal City in West Virginia For 2019”.

Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?

The 10 Most liberal Places In West Virginia For 2019

Morgantown, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,099
Percent Democrat: 40.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $44.19
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.13
More on Morgantown: PhotosData

Morgantown is a city in and the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia, situated along the banks of the Monongahela River. With a permanent population of 31,073 per the 2015 U.S. Census estimates, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia. The Morgantown metropolitan area has a population of 138,176, and is the 3rd largest in West Virginia. West Virginia University adds several thousand seasonal residents to the city and surrounding area from September through May. Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University and the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system.

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,766
Percent Democrat: 38.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $55.77
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.41
More on Charles Town: PhotosData

Charles Town, officially the City of Charles Town, is a city in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and is also the county seat. The population was 5,259 at the 2010 United States Census.

Nitro, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,534
Percent Democrat: 36.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $34.67
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.49
More on Nitro: PhotosData

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7
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Population: 7,571
Percent Democrat: 36.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $16.1
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.5
More on Dunbar: Data

Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.

St. Albans, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,600
Percent Democrat: 36.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $12.19
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.18
More on St. Albans: PhotosData

St. Albans is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, at the confluence of the Kanawha and Coal Rivers. The population was 11,044 at the 2010 census.

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 49,384
Percent Democrat: 36.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $37.98
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.15
More on Charleston: PhotosData

Charleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

South Charleston, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,902
Percent Democrat: 36.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $34.22
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.34
More on South Charleston: PhotosData

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 48,034
Percent Democrat: 34.1%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $13.76
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.11
More on Huntington: PhotosData

Huntington is a city in Cabell County and Wayne County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the busiest inland port in the United States.

Wheeling, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,521
Percent Democrat: 30.2%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $39.93
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.14
More on Wheeling: PhotosData

Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located almost entirely in Ohio County, of which it is the county seat, it lies along the Ohio River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Wheeling was originally a settlement in the British colony of Virginia and later an important city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wheeling was the first state capital of West Virginia. Due to its location along major transportation routes, including the Ohio River, National Road, and the B&O Railroad, Wheeling became a manufacturing center in the late nineteenth century. After experiencing the closing of factories and substantial population loss following World War II, Wheeling’s major industries now include healthcare, education, law and legal services, entertainment and tourism, and energy.

Fairmont, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,575
Percent Democrat: 29.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $7.33
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Fairmont: PhotosData

Fairmont is a city in Marion County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 18,704 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Marion County.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in West Virginia

Well there you have it, the places in West Virginia that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Morgantown ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.

If you’re curious, here are the least liberal cities in West Virginia:

  1. Keyser
  2. Buckhannon
  3. Bluefield

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In West Virginia

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Morgantown, WV 30,099 40.0%
2 Charles Town, WV 5,766 38.8%
3 Nitro, WV 6,534 36.8%
4 Dunbar, WV 7,571 36.8%
5 St. Albans, WV 10,600 36.8%
6 Charleston, WV 49,384 36.8%
7 South Charleston, WV 12,902 36.8%
8 Huntington, WV 48,034 34.1%
9 Wheeling, WV 27,521 30.2%
10 Fairmont, WV 18,575 29.8%
11 Martinsburg, WV 17,451 28.4%
12 Oak Hill, WV 8,565 27.7%
13 Bridgeport, WV 8,382 27.1%
14 Clarksburg, WV 15,963 27.1%
15 Weirton, WV 19,081 25.5%
16 Elkins, WV 7,154 24.9%
17 Parkersburg, WV 30,596 23.3%
18 Vienna, WV 10,547 23.3%
19 Hurricane, WV 6,450 23.3%
20 Grafton, WV 5,118 22.6%
21 Moundsville, WV 8,737 21.9%
22 Beckley, WV 16,963 21.6%
23 New Martinsville, WV 5,222 21.5%
24 Princeton, WV 5,967 20.3%
25 Bluefield, WV 10,144 20.3%
26 Buckhannon, WV 5,596 19.0%
27 Keyser, WV 5,183 17.6%