The 11 Most Liberal Places in the United States
The East coast and the West coast both boast large populations of progressives.
If you want to live in the most liberal enclaves in the United States, head to the East Coast. With 40 percent of Washington, D.C. residents identifying as progressives and 30 percent of Massachusetts residents identifying likewise, the District and the Bay State are by far the most liberal places in the country.
“All other states have a liberal population of 26 percent or less,” according to a recent Gallup report. “Residents of all states of the union except for Massachusetts and the District of Columbia are more likely to identify as conservative than as liberal, and in every state except D.C., residents are also more likely to say they are moderate than liberal.”
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So, if you’ve ever voted for Ralph Nader, criticized President Barack Obama for being too moderate or programmed your television to skip over the Fox News channel, you’re likely to feel right at home in Massachusetts or Washington, D.C. Of course, if these places aren’t your cup of tea, plenty of other states with large populations of lefties dot the Eastern Seaboard. Gallup reports that New York is 26.1 percent liberal, nearby New Jersey is 24.9 percent liberal, Rhode Island is 24.7 percent liberal, and New Hampshire and Connecticut are each 24.4 percent liberal.
Of course, everybody knows that the hippies of America gravitate toward the West Coast.
Gallup identified four Western states as extremely liberal. With a progressive population of 26.4 percent, Washington State and Oregon are the most left-leaning states in the West.
Oregon’s appearance there is not exactly a surprise considering it’s the subject of the TV comedy “Portlandia,” which pokes fun of the obnoxious granola types there. Obama’s native state of Hawaii (yes, birthers, native state!) comes in second with a liberal population of 25.4 percent. California rounds out the left-leaning West Coast states with a liberal population of 25 percent. There’s no doubt it has San Francisco and Los Angeles to thank for ending up on this list. California may be the home of the flower children, but it’s also home to foundations for right wing presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan—the man Republicans today pimp out whenever they want to tout their right-wing cred.