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Old 02-04-2012, 06:55 PM
 
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
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Hey guys, we all know in the U.S. that the rural areas are generally quite conservative and urban areas being quite liberal. I am interested in knowing areas that fall out of place. What rural areas in the United States are liberal (socially, economically, or both)?
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Small college towns are your best bet. And even at that rate, they're rarely liberal outside the confines of the college itself.
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:51 AM
 
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Perhaps Trumansburg NY, which is near Ithaca. Aurora NY, which is home to Wells College may work too. Same with Morrisville and Hamilton NY.
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:35 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Much of rural Vermont.
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:40 AM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Much of rural Vermont.
I don't know much about Vermont except that the state is lucky to have Bernie Sanders as its senator. And that's a huge plus in my book.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:07 PM
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Rural Western Massachusetts
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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I'm guessing Boone NC, and Shepherdstown, WV might be, as they are bohemian artistic college towns.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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Rural Western Massachusetts
Especially areas north, west, and east of Amherst/North Hampton, MA. Many of the college employees choose to live in the small more rural towns surrounding the 5 college area.

Anything North of Amherst, south of Greenfield, west of the Quabbin.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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In NY state, within about 15 miles of Ithaca; some parts of the Catskills; most of the Hudson Valley, and much of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington counties (bordering western MA and VT), have a high proportion of liberal country folk.

Much of the North Country; the Southern Tier west of Corning; and east-central areas such as Chenango County, are pretty conservative.

Bordering areas between the poles mentioned above, such as Clinton County, Livingston County, Cortland County, Broome County, and Chemung County one can find either.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:46 PM
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Small college towns and the Berkshires. My friend's mom is an artist and liberal. She lives in Brimfield MA which is pretty liberal and accepting.

Up-state NY is mostly conservative as is most of PAs rural areas.

Colleges are a good moderating influence, and the presence of a Unitarian Church - even if you are not a Unitarian, is usually a good indication of the presence of liberals in the area.
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