Livability.com Names the Best Places for Liberals, Conservatives & Moderates, 2016

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Annual list ranks America’s top political towns

We like to think we’re open-minded and receptive to other ideologies, but the fact of the matter is, we tend to surround ourselves with people who think like us.

It’s hard to imagine that America could become a more politically polarized nation, but if this election cycle has proven anything, it’s that party lines are running deeper than ever. Whether on social media or with our news sources, we’re gravitating towards people who think like us. As a result, more than half of us now live in counties where the presidential vote is essentially predetermined. In light of this, Livability.com has named the Best Places for Liberals, Conservatives and Moderates, 2016.

Simmons Research helped us create a basket of goods – one restaurant, one automotive brand, one magazine, one retailer and one television show – that are heavily favored by one end of the political spectrum or another. They then backtracked and found areas where people uses those goods and services to a high degree.

Our experts used data from several geographies and gauged the ideological skew of the congressional representation of a city. Then, using data from Esri, experts looked at how residents of each city self-report their own political leanings. The last piece of the political puzzle was the split in the vote during the 2012 presidential election.

“Politics is one of those things we all hear about, but never really consider when choosing a new place to live,” said Livability managing editor, Christopher Pilny. “Yet, it’s as important as affordability, the quality of schools, walkability, and other traditional measures of a community’s livability. We like to think we’re open-minded and receptive to other ideologies, but the fact of the matter is, we tend to surround ourselves with people who think like us.”

10 Best Cities for Conservatives, 2016 Bullhead City, AZ
Enid, OK
Alabaster, AL
Asheboro, NC
Burleson, TX
Bristol, TN
Benton    ,AR
Slidell, LA
Brandon, MS
Columbus, NE

10 Best Cities for Liberals, 2016 St. Louis, MO
Berkeley, CA
Hoboken, NJ
Cambridge, MA
Bethesda, MD
Evanston, IL
Alexandria, VA
Boulder, CO
Ithaca, NY
Kailua, HI

10 Best Cities for Moderates, 2016
Chattanooga, TN
Pocatello, ID
Avondale, AZ
Bend, OR
Warren    ,MI
Chillicothe, OH
Gainesville, FL
Vicksburg, MS
Spokane Valley, WA
Greenville, SC

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