Crowdsourced List of Liberal American Towns

A few weeks ago I took to our Instagram Stories to poll the crowd with a question that’s been tickling the back of my mind for years… What are the best liberally-minded towns (small cities) in America? I have loved being a city girl but the truth is, the razzle dazzle of a bustling city can feel more draining than we’d like. The times when I am at my most joyful and fulfilled is when out in nature: hiking, paddling, swimming, sailing, running, climbing, and so many other “ings”. San Francisco and New York are both incredible homes when it comes to accessing the outdoors but they still require a plan, a drive, and lots of time. It is part of my five (okay, maybe ten?) year plan to live somewhere amongst the trees.

BEHOLD! A list of recommended spots for all you other small-town seekers not lookin’ to change political parties for fear of communal rejection.

*A note about what these places are so-called “known for”: this is taken from both my brain and the internet so you might just consider this a list of what they are stereotypically “known for”. Okthatisall.

**None of these gorgeous photos are mine but hopefully they give you an idea of what these places look like.


West Coast towns:

Hood River, OR
Population: ~7,600
Known for kiteboarding!
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Bend, OR
Population: ~94,500
Known for outdoor adventure.
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Portland, OR
Population: ~647,000 (okay, not so small)
Known for microbrews, biking, caring for the environment, and strip clubs! Truth.
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Sedona, AZ
Population: ~10,300
Known for red rocks and canyons
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Lake Tahoe, CA
Population: ~21,400 (South Lake)
Known for epic skiing and summer fun
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Moab, UT
Population: ~5,200
Known for proximity to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and all of the incredible off-roading/biking spots!
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Boise, ID
Population: ~226,500
Known for river floating and mountain biking
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Seattle, WA
Population: ~724,700 (meh, pretty big)
Known for being a legit rainforest, coffee, grunge music
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The Middle:

Austin, TX
Population: ~950,000 (not so small)
Known for great live music, tasty food, and SXSW (just me?)
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Denver, CO
Population: ~ 619,900 (anyone else know droves of friends who went to Denver in the last few years?)
Known for all the outdoor activities, baby
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Breckenridge, CO
Population: ~4,900
Known for skiing and a real cute main street
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Fort Collins, CO
Population: ~165,000
Known for craft beer and the Cache La Poudre River
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Jackson, WY
Population: ~10,500
Known for snow sports, fly fishing, Grand Teton National Park, and all around beauty
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Bozeman, MT
Population: ~46,500
Known for fly fishing, mountain biking, climbing, and an adorable downtown
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East Coast towns:

Asheville, NC
Population: ~91,900
Known for a relaxed boho vibe and proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Boone, NC
Population: ~19,200
Known for a performance called Horne in the West?
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Eureka Springs, AR
Population: ~2,000
Known for Victorian architecture, antiques, and nature
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Burlington, VT
Population: ~42,000
Known for being ultra liberal and free-spirited!
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Savannah, GA
Population: ~146,600
Known for mint juleps, rich history, and lush city squares
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Charlottesville, VA
Population: ~48,000
Known for fall foliage, tasty food, and wine!
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If you live in any of these seemingly utopian towns, I’d love to hear about it! Are they as magical as they seem? What’s the best part? What’s the worst part?

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah says:

    I would add Decatur, Ga although it now is a suburb of Atlanta. It is a very liberal small town and easy to stick to a few mile radius to get all you need.


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