ITHACA, NY – In October, the Voice reported that Ithaca just might be “Bernie Sanders country.” According to a list compiled by political analysis group Crowdpac, Ithaca might as well be Sanders’ back yard.

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Or, if you want to look at it another way, here’s further evidence of Ithaca being “10 square miles surrounded by reality.”

Related: Ithaca is Bernie Sanders country, donor records suggest

Crowdpac, a nonpartisan political analysis firm, compiled a list of the most conservative and most liberal cities with populations over 6,000 in the United States, based on publicly available campaign contribution data.

Each city is scored on a scale ranging from 10L – the most liberal – to 10C – the most conservative. Donations to more liberal campaigners, like Sanders, push the number further toward the “L” than contributions to the likes of Hillary Clinton. The same is true in the other direction, of course, with a Ted Cruz donation saying much more than a Jeb Bush.

Ithaca scored a “7.5L,” ranking it the number six most liberal city in the United States out of the nearly 5,000 rated, according to the list. Ithaca edged out the likes of Berkeley and San Francisco California which scored 7.4L and 6.4L respectively.

Interestingly, noted liberal havens like Seattle and Portland ranked much lower – 5.0L and 4.4L respectively.

More predictably, the most conservative cities were found  largely in the south and and midwest, with Texas picking up five out of the top ten most conservative cities.

Curious how some of our neighbors rated? Here’s a quick list:

– Syracuse: 1.9L (#1,058 most liberal)

– Rochester: 1.7L

– Cortland: 1.6L

– Elmira: 1.3L

– Binghamton: 0.6L (#1,659 most liberal)

Where Ithaca falls on the political spectrum, according to Crowdpac.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.