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Old 05-06-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure there was a similar thread here in the past but I couldn't find it.

Do you think there are any socially liberal and mostly rural regions in the US? By rural area I mean areas with no major metro (+500,000) within 100 miles, where people live mostly in small towns. And by socially liberal I mean support of gay rights and euthanasia mostly.

I though about New England but I am not sure if people there are liberal socially and economically or economically only.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I'm pretty sure there was a similar thread here in the past but I couldn't find it.

Do you think there are any socially liberal and mostly rural regions in the US? By rural area I mean areas with no major metro (+500,000) within 100 miles, where people live mostly in small towns. And by socially liberal I mean support of gay rights and euthanasia mostly.

I though about New England but I am not sure if people there are liberal socially and economically or economically only.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Mid Hudson River Valley. They tend to elect republicans for congress, but overall the area is very socially liberal.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:44 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Northern CA north of the SF Bay Area along the Hwy 101 corridor. Lots of hippies, weed, and socially liberal views imo for a rural area.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Extremely rural Brooks County, Texas, is the only county that has carried the Democratic presidential candidate in every election since the county was founded.
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Brook...+Texas&t=m&z=9

Since 1912, Democrat every time. Population 7,000, almost as big as Rhode Island, density 8 per square mile.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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The Finger Lakes region of NY State! Granted Syracuse is not too far away and neither is Biminghton. But, by and large, the entire area is considerably rural and liberal with a dotting of towns, farms, and wineries. I'm talking about Elmira, Ithaca, Skaneateles, Seneca Falls, Corning, etc. etc. No doubt, I'm sure you've heard about some of these places, but this is one of the ultimate liberal rural areas, I think in the entire country.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The Driftless Area at the meeting point of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

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Largest metro areas are Rochester, MN (210k), La Crosse, WI (140k), and Dubuque, IA (90k). Madison, WI sits right on the edge, but doesn't have much influence on most of the area. It's bluff country, so the terrain is rugged and aesthetic and all the cities are very spread out, but it's consistently very socially liberal - especially the Iowa and Wisconsin portions.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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There are four liberal rural regions of the U.S. now.

1. Rural New England, extending into parts of Upstate New York (particularly the Hudson Valley and North Country.

2. Portions of the Upper Midwest. The biggest chunk is the greater "Driftless area," as noted, which includes much of SW Wisconsin, SE Minnesota, and Eastern Iowa. The Iron Range in Minnesota, along with adjoining areas of Wisconsin on the Lake Superior coast, are also liberal, but they are in a more populist sense which you might not enjoy as much.

3. There are a fair number of left-leaning rural counties in Colorado now, although this is in part driven by people settling in the resort towns there.

4. The last major swathe is the Pacific Northwest, running from north of the Bay Area all the way to Canada, although some coastal areas, like Southwest Oregon, are trending rightward.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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College towns like Potsdam and Canton in the North Country region of Upstate NY may work. Both communities are literally about 10 miles apart and even share a hospital. There are 4 college between the two. Closest metros of that size are Syracuse, Ottawa and Montreal.

I'd say Ithaca if it wasn't an hour away from Syracuse, but it would fit. Same with Oneonta, but it is 60 miles from Albany.

Perhaps State College or Lewisburg PA could work.
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