Most liberal cities in the south

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    Oct 14, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    So if you like southern weather but don't want to be surrounded by right wing bible thumpers there are a few places you could consider. I've often wonder what would be considered the most liberal cities in the south. That would clearly be DC if you consider DC southern but what about the rest? Are there places that a much further left than the country as a whole? Well, yes.

    I was looking through the city data on
    http://www.city-data.com.

    It started with me looking for indications of a city being liberal and gay friendly. Politically they show how the county voted in the last two elections. This is just one indication though and does not necessarily indicate gay tolerance. So then I looked at the percent affiliated with a religious denomination. I also wanted to see high educational attainment. Finally I looked at percentage of likely homosexual households. I didn't look everywhere in the south because I could guess which cities would do well. I checked out Austin, Atlanta, Wilton Manor Fl, Charlottesville Va, Asheville NC, Durham NC, and Chapel Hill NC. I've decided there is almost a three way tie among Durham, Chapel Hill, and Charlottesville.

    Charlottesville voted the most for the democratic candidate in the past two elections closely followed by Durham and then Chapel Hill. All three areas are way more blue (all over 70%) than the US average. Austin, is just under 70% came closest.

    Chapel Hill is the least religious followed by Durham (but Charlottesville lacked this stat). In both cities fewer than 40% belong to a religious denomination while the national average is about 50%.

    Chapel Hill wins on the statistics for educational attainment. Of the others Austin has the highest holding a Bachlers degree but Durham and Charlottesville do better than Austin on advanced degrees.

    As for percent of likely homosexual households Wilton Manor and Atlanta not surprisingly had the highest percent of gay male households but Durham and Austin were tied with Wilton Manor for lesbian.

    If you consider DC the south it is by far the bluest reaching almost 90%. It also as an educational attainment compared to the college towns but no stats on religion. Gay male households are comparable to Atlanta but the lesbians are fewer than Durham, Austin and Wilton Manor.

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    Oct 14, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    Wilton Manor does not count as part of the "deep south." It's more like a different country altogether. But, it IS very populated with gays.
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    Oct 14, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    Culturally no, but geographically south Florida is as deep into the south as you can get and that it what this is about. I chose Wilton Manor because it is the gayest enclave I know. Virginia and North Carolina are not the deep south either though culturally both are more southern than south Florida. Atlanta is the only deep south city in the list as I can't think of any other city that would compete. Texas is the southwest but I was looking for a comparable city that has a liberal reputation. You could argue that none of the cities listed represent the south as they are all infiltrated by non-southerners but that kind of defeats the purpose of the exercise doesn't it?

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    Oct 14, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    If you're looking to determine which cities or counties or areas are gay-friendly by how they voted then you're going to be seriously disappointed. I live in a relatively gay-friendly area and it's the most conservative area in the state politically.

    What is with gays perpetuating this stereotypical BS that liberal = democrat = gay friendly. Gawd people are so stupid.

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    Oct 14, 2010 7:18 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWilton Manor does not count as part of the "deep south." It's more like a different country altogether. But, it IS very populated with gays.

    Wilton Manors is not part of the Old South. South Florida in particular was only sparely inhabited until the first part of the 20th Century. It is merely "South" in terms of geography, not culture. The dubious honor of being Southern Redneck goes to the Florida Panhandle up north, which borders Georgia and Alabama.
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    Oct 14, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Austin Texas
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    Oct 14, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    as i've heard from friends that live in the states i say Austin. well, they say Austin and i believe them icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 14, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidIf you're looking to determine which cities or counties or areas are gay-friendly by how they voted then you're going to be seriously disappointed. I live in a relatively gay-friendly area and it's the most conservative area in the state politically.

    What is with gays perpetuating this stereotypical BS that liberal = democrat = gay friendly. Gawd people are so stupid.


    Gays do not perpetuate liberal = democrat it seems a large red section of the country perpetuates liberal = democrat = heathen.

    I'm not surprised there are red areas that are gay friendly but you would be hard pressed to find that in the south. The factors I considered that are more likely to determine gay friendliness and have nothing to do with politics are educational attainment and not being overly religious. I would not expect uneducated religious blue counties to be gay friendly.

    As for Austin, it has the reputation which is why I chose it (even though many don't consider Texas the south). Still it is more religious and redder than Durham, Chapel Hill or Charlottesville. Many people go by reputation but don't always look at the numbers. This make sense when you consider that Texas is more conservative than either NC or VA which along with FL were the only southern blue states in the last presidential election. So while Austin is very liberal for Texas, it is no more and perhaps less liberal than the intellectual centers of NC and VA.
  • masculumpedes

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    Oct 15, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    OMG.... You mean Nashville did not make the list? icon_eek.gif
  • rnch

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    Oct 15, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    trying to find whole cities, where the entire city and it's total population is "gay friendly" seems like an impossible task.

    perhaps cities with good sized "gay friendly" neighborhoods would be a better way to go? icon_idea.gif
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    Oct 15, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidAustin Texas