These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In North Carolina


We used science and data to determine which NC cities vote left the most.

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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 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:

  1. Durham (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Hillsborough (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Chapel Hill (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Carrboro (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Tarboro (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Roanoke Rapids (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Henderson (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Wadesboro (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Pineville (Photos | Jobs)
  10. 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.

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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?

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1. Durham

Durham, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 251,761
Percent Liberal: 75.8%

2. Hillsborough

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Population: 6,428
Percent Liberal: 70.22%

3. Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Population: 59,005
Percent Liberal: 70.22%

4. Carrboro

Carrboro, North Carolina

Population: 20,867
Percent Liberal: 70.22%

5. Tarboro

Tarboro, North Carolina

Population: 11,206
Percent Liberal: 67.89%

6. Roanoke Rapids

Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

Population: 15,454
Percent Liberal: 65.86%

7. Henderson

Henderson, North Carolina

Population: 15,258
Percent Liberal: 63.89%

8. Wadesboro

Wadesboro, North Carolina

Population: 5,577
Percent Liberal: 62.36%

9. Pineville

Pineville, North Carolina

Population: 8,244
Percent Liberal: 60.65%

10. Davidson

Davidson, North Carolina

Population: 12,076
Percent 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:

  1. Trinity
  2. Archdale
  3. Asheboro

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In North Carolina

City Rank Population % Liberal
Durham 1 251,761 75.8%
Hillsborough 2 6,428 70.22%
Chapel Hill 3 59,005 70.22%
Carrboro 4 20,867 70.22%
Tarboro 5 11,206 67.89%
Roanoke Rapids 6 15,454 65.86%
Henderson 7 15,258 63.89%
Wadesboro 8 5,577 62.36%
Pineville 9 8,244 60.65%
Davidson 10 12,076 60.65%
Charlotte 11 808,834 60.65%
Mint Hill 12 25,024 60.65%
Matthews 13 30,054 60.65%
Huntersville 14 51,701 60.65%
Cornelius 15 27,426 60.65%
Fayetteville 16 203,670 59.38%
Spring Lake 17 13,258 59.38%
Hope Mills 18 16,189 59.38%
Lumberton 19 21,646 58.19%
Laurinburg 20 15,601 58.03%
High Point 21 108,982 57.66%
Oak Ridge 22 6,617 57.66%
Stokesdale 23 5,278 57.66%
Greensboro 24 282,177 57.66%
Summerfield 25 10,758 57.66%
Elizabeth City 26 18,025 56.79%
Woodfin 27 6,241 55.31%
Black Mountain 28 8,168 55.31%
Asheville 29 87,531 55.31%
Apex 30 43,893 54.94%
Morrisville 31 22,600 54.94%
Knightdale 32 13,787 54.94%
Garner 33 27,625 54.94%
Fuquay-Varina 34 22,722 54.94%
Cary 35 155,822 54.94%
Raleigh 36 441,326 54.94%
Wendell 37 6,298 54.94%
Holly Springs 38 30,126 54.94%
Wake Forest 39 36,472 54.94%
Rolesville 40 5,583 54.94%
Wilson 41 49,558 53.38%
Winterville 42 9,484 53.06%
Ayden 43 5,167 53.06%
Greenville 44 89,745 53.06%
Kernersville 45 23,736 53.04%
Lewisville 46 13,356 53.04%
Clemmons 47 19,536 53.04%
Winston-Salem 48 238,474 53.04%
Williamston 49 5,534 52.03%
Siler City 50 8,269 51.82%
Butner 51 7,692 51.75%
Oxford 52 8,707 51.75%
Hamlet 53 6,500 51.01%
Rockingham 54 9,289 51.01%
Rocky Mount 55 56,175 50.14%
Nashville 56 5,521 50.14%
Kinston 57 21,393 49.66%
Boone 58 18,241 46.98%
Wilmington 59 113,724 46.96%
Carolina Beach 60 6,048 46.96%
Whiteville 61 5,535 45.58%
Goldsboro 62 35,924 45.4%
Sanford 63 29,048 44.56%
Clinton 64 8,799 44.19%
Roxboro 65 8,329 44.06%
Mebane 66 13,592 42.6%
Burlington 67 52,570 42.6%
Graham 68 14,506 42.6%
Elon 69 9,781 42.6%
Gibsonville 70 6,759 42.6%
Waynesville 71 9,788 42.3%
Kill Devil Hills 72 6,948 41.13%
Brevard 73 7,710 40.72%
New Bern 74 30,075 40.64%
Havelock 75 20,630 40.64%
Washington 76 9,862 39.95%
Dunn 77 9,762 39.92%
Angier 78 5,079 39.92%
Shelby 79 20,259 39.37%
Kings Mountain 80 11,053 39.37%
Concord 81 85,753 39.31%
Kannapolis 82 45,685 39.31%
Harrisburg 83 14,500 39.31%
Eden 84 15,434 38.91%
Reidsville 85 14,107 38.91%
Oak Island 86 7,359 38.42%
Leland 87 17,023 38.42%
Boiling Spring Lakes 88 5,703 38.42%
Morganton 89 16,717 37.49%
Belmont 90 10,494 36.66%
Bessemer City 91 5,462 36.66%
Cherryville 92 5,901 36.66%
Gastonia 93 73,877 36.66%
Mount Holly 94 14,058 36.66%
Salisbury 95 33,674 36.35%
Jacksonville 96 68,404 35.95%
Selma 97 6,325 35.58%
Smithfield 98 11,746 35.58%
Clayton 99 18,553 35.58%
Mills River 100 6,990 35.58%

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