Ask a Nevadan what the most liberal or conservative city in the state is, and the answer might depend on which side of the North-South divide he or she lives.
Ask the same question of tourists, and most will say Las Vegas wins the liberal award without a second thought.
Data from Clarity Campaign Labs tell a different story, though. A map compiled by Business Insider shows the most conservative and liberal city in every U.S. state, based on a survey that asked questions about party affiliation, abortion, global warming, gun control and taxes.
Nevada’s most liberal city? Nixon, northeast of Reno. Its most conservative was Panaca, south of Cathedral Gorge State Park.
Take a look at the map and you’ll see a lot of towns you don’t often hear much about (Marty, South Dakota, anyone?). You’ll also see some unsurprising entries out West: Berkeley, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle are all the most liberal cities in their respective states.
Head back East and the most liberal towns seem familiar:
- Alexandria, Va.
- New Haven, Conn.
- Providence, R.I.
- New York
Compare those to their corresponding most conservative cities:
- Tangier, Va.
- East Hartland, Conn.
- West Greenwich, R.I.
- Houghton, N.Y.
- Allensville, Penn.
The map only shows extremes, but all of the cities studied are included in the Labs’ questionnaire — found here — where you can see which city you most closely align with.
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