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 North Carolina? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Tar Heel State.
After analyzing every single city in North Carolina with populations greater than 5,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:
- Durham (Photos | Jobs)
- Hillsborough (Photos | Jobs)
- Chapel Hill (Photos | Jobs)
- Carrboro (Photos | Jobs)
- Tarboro (Photos | Jobs)
- Roanoke Rapids (Photos | Jobs)
- Henderson (Photos | Jobs)
- Wadesboro (Photos | Jobs)
- Pineville (Photos | Jobs)
- Davidson (Photos | Jobs)
If you’re wondering, Trinity is the most conservative city of all in North Carolina.
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 North Carolina.
How we determined the most liberal cities in North Carolina
We started by making a list of every place in North Carolina over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 134 places in North Carolina.
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 134, and the winner is “The Most Liberal City in North Carolina.”
Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?
Population: 251,761Percent Liberal: 75.8%
Population: 6,428Percent Liberal: 70.22%
3. Chapel Hill
Population: 59,005Percent Liberal: 70.22%
Population: 20,867Percent Liberal: 70.22%
Population: 11,206Percent Liberal: 67.89%
6. Roanoke Rapids
Population: 15,454Percent Liberal: 65.86%
Population: 15,258Percent Liberal: 63.89%
Population: 5,577Percent Liberal: 62.36%
Population: 8,244Percent Liberal: 60.65%
Population: 12,076Percent Liberal: 60.65%
Summing Up The Liberal Pie
Well there you have it, the places in North Carolina that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Durham ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.
If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in North Carolina:
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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In North Carolina
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