7 Surprisingly Liberal U.S. Cities In Places You Wouldn't Expect

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According to a curious study out of MIT and the University of California in Los Angeles last August, there are a lot of cities in America that are much more liberal than one would think. The data collected (which was summarized in a report by The Economist that same month) shows a surprising number of cities that tend to align with more Democratic than Republican ideology in regions of the United States that traditionally vote red.

While the study's top liberal cities included a few conventional left-wing picks (San Francisco was No. 1, with Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and New York trailing closely behind), there were also a few unexpected surprises, including Houston, Texas; Raleigh North Carolina, and seven more named in this list.

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