None of the nation’s really big cities are mainly Republican. Zero. Even Salt Lake City in uber-red Utah is surprisingly liberal and has been run by Dems for 40 years.
(I’ve been updating to add a few exceptions— thanks for the tips, everyone!) The only major cities with Republican mayors are Jacksonville and Miami, FL and San Diego, CA. But neither is “mainly Republican” — San Diego has reliably voted for the Democratic presidential candidate for a long time and the mayoralty goes back and forth, and Jacksonville just changed hands in 2015 and votes for both parties. The urban core leans Dem, while the exurbs have a somewhat smaller population, but is more strongly Republican. And Miami is solidly Democratic for everything, but its officially nonpartisan mayorship is Republican.
There are a few smaller cities which are actually Republican — Mesa, AZ is the biggest, but it’s really a suburb of more liberal Phoenix, not a stand-alone city. Fort Worth, TX is also officially nonpartisan and is fairly mixed Republican vs. Dem, but the current mayor is a Republican. It’s not quite stand-alone, though — its much bigger sister city, Dallas, is Democrat-governed, so there might be interesting comparisons to be had there there — if nothing else, I’d be interested in knowing if there are notable differences in policy or results.
Then a few smaller cities like Oklahoma City, Virginia Beach and Colorado Springs are strongly Republican. And that’s kind of it.
Nope, not really, and there’s a reason for that.
Republicans now are generally synonymous with social conservatives, and social conservatives thrive in very homogenous (generally white, often Christian) areas. The suburbs tend to be more homogenous. They are populated primarily in the US by formerly urban “white flight” families, with the addition of non-white families that are homogenous with that population in terms of income, education and wealth. You can avoid interacting with the few lower income people in your areas (gardeners, cleaners, etc) – their kids don’t go to your kids’ schools, you don’t have to see them at the store or in any way other than in their work capacity, and you don’t have to get to know them as parents. Any very wealthy in the area are similarly avoiding you in the same manner.
Cities are heterogenous, forcing people in close proximity with many people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities, beliefs, education levels and income levels. They meet in local stores, their kids mix in local schools – difference is difficult to avoid unless you are extremely wealthy. It is quite difficult to maintain a socially conservative perspective once you personally meet so many people with so many different perspectives. The insulation of an enclave of similar people with similar status is impossible for the vast majority. You see people outside of their work “personas.”
Also, traditionally democratic structures have real weight. Unions that have been broken in most suburbs still have power in cities where substantial trades are in regular use for large projects. City councils have to represent a much broader segment of people to gain and keep office. Funds have to be considered for and go to projects that impact a much wider range of people, and prot…
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It’s a redistricting year; your communities may have changed. Understand the issues closer to home.
Most cities are blue.
A study on representation in government by Tausanovitch and Warshaw, for American Political Review measured US cities over 250k population and found only a few cities were more Republican than Democratic:
- Mesa, Arizona
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Arlington, Texas.
These cities are nearly equally balanced:
- Anaheim, California
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Aurora, Colorado
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Ft. Worth, Texas
After that, things start leaning the other way. The 15 most liberal cities, in ascending order, are:
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Austin, Texas
- St. Paul, Minnesota
- Portland, Oregon
- Chicago, Illinois
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Buffalo, New York
- New York, New York
- Detroit, Michigan
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Oakland, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Washington, DC
- San Francisco, California
Most cities fell between these examples, in a light blue zone including Vegas, Nashville, El Paso, Louisville, Houston, Tampa, Cincinnati, Tucson, San Jose, Miami, Atlanta and many others.
You are still listening to Republicans?
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Roughly 30% of voters declare themselves to be Democrats, and about the same for Republicans. Those who consider themselves “independent” represent about 40% of the electorate. Accordingly, it is the Independents who decide elections.
Progressives who think their social and political represent the majority of the US population are simply wrong.
Talking about “cities” is almost meaningless in this era of metropolitan areas. We are a suburban nation, not an urban one. Traditionally, the suburbs (which constitute the majority populations of many cities) have been Republican. Much has been made by the mainstream media of the “bluing” of the suburbs, but that hasn’t happened…Trump won big in most suburbs, particularly suburbs in so-called red states. Only 27% of our population lives in “cities”; a full 52% are suburban.
It’s also untrue that Trump voters are deplorable or ignorant rubes. This is all propaganda.
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Are there ANY “Republican cities” in the USA? Which ones? When & why it has become the case that most all cities in the USA are Democrat controlled?
I think the first part of the answer is that conservative ideas include a strong sense of individualism, including “Leave me alone to do what I decide is best.” In cities, with higher population density, the “Leave me alone” idea becomes more and more difficult. As lives get impacted by more and more businesses, especially larger corporations, the ‘political binary’ of individual vs government shifts to a ‘political ternary’ of individual vs corporations vs government. In that situation, progressives want a stronger government, siding with individuals, to curtail the power of the large corporations.
The second part seems to be that people of color tend to be disproportionately in cities and also disproportionately vote Democratic. Part of the demographics is because people prefer living near others like them. Immigrant poc first lived in cities, so they stayed in cities. For African-Americans, though, actions like redlining by powerful White people pushed them into portions of cities and made it difficult to move to rural (and even suburban) areas. Then add the “Southern Strategy”, where the Republican party explicitly decided to adopt racist policies, led by Goldwater and Nixon. Between them, they were on the presidential ticket every year from 1952 until 1972. Democrats responded by becoming less racist and becoming a party many poc found more appealing. The combination of all this has added to the Democratic voting tendency of people in cities.
I was born in Texas in 1949. Ten days later, I was baptized at the Alamo. I knew my great grandmother, and her grandfather fought alongside Houston at the battle of San Jacinto. I’m a Son of the Republic; it don’t get more Texan than that!
And I must say, I’m a bit confused by the question. Texas has always been the path to being liberal.
- Half the pickup trucks you see (and we have a lot of pickup trucks) sport a rifle and/or shotgun through the rear window—Texans showing appreciation for their liberal 2nd Amendment rights.
- Just try to hush a Texan up from expressing himself, in speech for sure, and many of us can express ourselves in writing as well, and we liberally do not hold back one bit from stating what we are thinking, even if it harelips the governor.
- I liberally express my freedom of religion by having none, but when I drive into town on a Sunday morning, the church parking lots are so full of the cars of families liberally worshiping that the preachers have hired sheriff’s deputies out on the roadway to direct traffic. And we liberally have every type of church, temple, synagogue, what have you.
- The liberal tenet of “live and let live” pretty much personifies Texans.
- We are extremely liberal in employing our freedoms of assembly and association, whether rubbing belt buckles at a dance, swilling Shiners at a bar or downing brisket at a barbecue.
- We liberally believe that what goes on behind closed doors among folks congenial to the situation ain’t nobody else’s bidness.
- We don’t just practice individualism, but rugged individualism. You can take a stand against every friend you’ve got and not lose one of them. Why? Because we are liberally tolerant of the opinion of others.
- We practice free enterprise better’n just about any other state, and that’s liberal economics.
- We keep our taxes low, our aspirations high and our politicians more honest than most, and that’s liberal too.
If you want liberal through and through, Texas should be home base for you.
But I read the article that inspired this question, and, curiously, it wasn’t about liberals but Democrats coming here as if they are going to take over. That’s just a load of the usual Democrat wishful thinking. It’s really not something we worry about.
- One, our liberal way of life is pretty infectious and most people, especially younger ones, make the transition pretty swiftly. Once you get a taste of not being told what to do and how to think every time you turn around, you get to like liberalism fast.
- Two, for responsible older people, more jobs and lower taxes soon registers as, hey, maybe more liberal, and less from the people, on the people and over the people, is the way to go.
- Three, for those of us old enough to remember when the state was overwhelmingly Democrat, we remember all too well how illiberal it was, and we are not anxious to go back to those days.
We tolerate Democrats just fine, mainly because there’s no bounty on them to incentivize us not to. But if they start pushing their high-tax, anti-enterprise, race-mongering, gar-mouthing illiberal ways, that might well change, with the crowd turning and heading out of state. Here in Texas, we know a thing or two about managing stampedes.
Tulsa, OK: 58% republican (population 401,190)
Colorado springs, co: 56% republican
Oklahoma city, ok: 51% republican, 41% democrat
Fort worth, tx: 51% republican (this is the largest city in this list at 909,585 people)
Arlington, tx: 51% republican
Virginia beach, va: 48% republican, 44% democrat
Jacksonville, FL: 48% republican, 47% democrat
Mesa, az: 47% republican, 44% democrat