These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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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 Badger State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin for 2019:

  1. Waunakee (Photos)
  2. Mount Horeb (Photos)
  3. Stoughton (Photos)
  4. Madison (Photos)
  5. Monona (Photos)
  6. Fitchburg (Photos)
  7. Sun Prairie (Photos)
  8. Middleton (Photos)
  9. Cottage Grove (Photos)
  10. Verona (Photos)

If you’re wondering, West Bend is the most conservative city in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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

How we determined the most liberal cities in Wisconsin for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Wisconsin over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 134 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 134 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Waunakee, is “The Most liberal City in Wisconsin For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most liberal Places In Wisconsin For 2019

Waunakee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,284
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $8.98
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.1
More on Waunakee: PhotosData

Mount Horeb, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,383
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $18.71
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.11
More on Mount Horeb: PhotosData

Mount Horeb is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 7,009 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Stoughton, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,058
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $6.55
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.09
More on Stoughton: PhotosData

Stoughton is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. It straddles the Yahara River about 20 miles southeast of the state capital, Madison. Stoughton is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,611.

Madison, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 248,856
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $50.32
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.41
More on Madison: PhotosData

Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the seat of Dane County. As of July 1, 2016, Madison’s estimated population of 252,551 made it the second-largest city in Wisconsin, after Milwaukee, and the 82nd-largest in the United States. The city forms the core of the United States Census Bureau’s Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Dane County and neighboring Iowa, Green, and Columbia counties. The Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area’s 2010 population was 568,593.

Monona, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,989
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $136.3
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.16
More on Monona: PhotosData

Monona is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 7,533 at the 2010 census. It is completely surrounded by Madison and is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Fitchburg, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 27,914
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $121.75
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.94
More on Fitchburg: PhotosData

Fitchburg is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 25,260 at the 2010 census. Fitchburg is a suburb of Madison and is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fitchburg consists of a mix of suburban neighborhoods closer the border with the city of Madison, commercial and industrial properties, and more rural properties in the southern portion of the city. Despite its status as an incorporated city, some rural parts of Fitchburg still lack certain municipal services such as sewer, water, and natural gas.

Sun Prairie, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 32,112
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $6.78
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Sun Prairie: PhotosData

Sun Prairie is a city in Dane County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. A suburb of Madison, it is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city’s population was 29,441 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the second most populous city in Dane County after Madison.

Middleton, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,951
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $238.56
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.75
More on Middleton: PhotosData

Middleton is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States, and a suburb of the state capital, Madison. Middleton’s motto is “The Good Neighbor City.” The population was 17,442 at the 2010 census.

Cottage Grove, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,795
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $38.14
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.53
More on Cottage Grove: PhotosData

Verona, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,465
Percent Democrat: 70.4%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $27.57
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.25
More on Verona: PhotosData

Verona is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, in the United States and is a suburb of Madison. The population was 10,619 at the 2010 census. The city is located ten miles southwest of downtown Madison within the Town of Verona. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in Wisconsin

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

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

  1. West Bend
  2. Slinger
  3. Hartford

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In Wisconsin

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Waunakee, WI 13,284 70.4%
2 Mount Horeb, WI 7,383 70.4%
3 Stoughton, WI 13,058 70.4%
4 Madison, WI 248,856 70.4%
5 Monona, WI 7,989 70.4%
6 Fitchburg, WI 27,914 70.4%
7 Sun Prairie, WI 32,112 70.4%
8 Middleton, WI 18,951 70.4%
9 Cottage Grove, WI 6,795 70.4%
10 Verona, WI 12,465 70.4%
11 Deforest, WI 9,663 70.4%
12 Oregon, WI 10,033 70.4%
13 Mcfarland, WI 8,235 70.4%
14 St. Francis, WI 9,532 65.5%
15 Greendale, WI 14,293 65.5%
16 Greenfield, WI 37,082 65.5%
17 Shorewood, WI 13,367 65.5%
18 South Milwaukee, WI 21,185 65.5%
19 Cudahy, WI 18,350 65.5%
20 Brown Deer, WI 12,076 65.5%
21 West Allis, WI 60,546 65.5%
22 Franklin, WI 36,295 65.5%
23 Wauwatosa, WI 47,687 65.5%
24 Oak Creek, WI 35,588 65.5%
25 Whitefish Bay, WI 14,099 65.5%
26 Glendale, WI 12,868 65.5%
27 Milwaukee, WI 599,086 65.5%
28 Fox Point, WI 6,706 65.5%
29 Hales Corners, WI 7,704 65.5%
30 Ashland, WI 7,997 52.6%
31 Janesville, WI 63,957 51.7%
32 Milton, WI 5,566 51.7%
33 Edgerton, WI 5,496 51.7%
34 Evansville, WI 5,222 51.7%
35 Beloit, WI 36,733 51.7%
36 West Salem, WI 5,006 50.9%
37 La Crosse, WI 51,928 50.9%
38 Onalaska, WI 18,452 50.9%
39 Holmen, WI 9,693 50.9%
40 Superior, WI 26,473 50.4%
41 Altoona, WI 7,350 49.7%
42 Eau Claire, WI 67,945 49.7%
43 Monroe, WI 10,688 48.0%
44 Stevens Point, WI 26,526 48.0%
45 Kenosha, WI 99,623 46.9%
46 Twin Lakes, WI 6,040 46.9%
47 Pleasant Prairie, WI 20,552 46.9%
48 Reedsburg, WI 9,480 46.8%
49 Baraboo, WI 12,080 46.8%
50 Columbus, WI 5,004 45.6%
51 Portage, WI 10,321 45.6%
52 Sturgeon Bay, WI 8,917 45.6%
53 Mount Pleasant, WI 26,300 45.2%
54 Waterford, WI 5,392 45.2%
55 Racine, WI 77,740 45.2%
56 Burlington, WI 10,652 45.2%
57 Sturtevant, WI 6,977 45.2%
58 Prairie Du Chien, WI 5,715 44.2%
59 Richland Center, WI 5,053 44.2%
60 Neenah, WI 25,821 42.5%
61 Menasha, WI 17,945 42.5%
62 Oshkosh, WI 66,649 42.5%
63 De Pere, WI 24,695 41.4%
64 Ashwaubenon, WI 17,141 41.4%
65 Allouez, WI 13,898 41.4%
66 Bellevue, WI 15,373 41.4%
67 Hobart, WI 8,178 41.4%
68 Green Bay, WI 104,796 41.4%
69 Suamico, WI 12,222 41.4%
70 Platteville, WI 12,194 41.2%
71 Menomonie, WI 16,222 40.9%
72 Little Chute, WI 11,006 40.5%
73 Appleton, WI 73,832 40.5%
74 Kimberly, WI 6,718 40.5%
75 Kaukauna, WI 15,883 40.5%
76 River Falls, WI 15,256 39.3%
77 Plymouth, WI 8,477 38.5%
78 Sheboygan, WI 48,560 38.5%
79 Sheboygan Falls, WI 7,850 38.5%
80 Watertown, WI 23,730 38.4%
81 Fort Atkinson, WI 12,429 38.4%
82 Jefferson, WI 7,975 38.4%
83 Lake Mills, WI 5,816 38.4%
84 Rothschild, WI 5,292 38.1%
85 Wausau, WI 38,934 38.1%
86 Kronenwetter, WI 7,534 38.1%
87 Lake Hallie, WI 6,666 37.7%
88 Chippewa Falls, WI 13,920 37.7%
89 Howard, WI 19,121 37.7%
90 Rhinelander, WI 7,501 37.7%
91 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 17,905 37.6%
92 Marshfield, WI 18,326 37.6%
93 Port Washington, WI 11,589 37.0%
94 Cedarburg, WI 11,499 37.0%
95 Mequon, WI 23,787 37.0%
96 Grafton, WI 11,576 37.0%
97 Hudson, WI 13,456 36.8%
98 New Richmond, WI 8,761 36.8%
99 Merrill, WI 9,264 36.5%
100 Lake Geneva, WI 7,766 36.4%