Kari Lloyd
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America’s most conservative cities and most liberal cities have more of a divide than just politics.

Traditionally, there are cities and populations that lean more conservatively whereas others are known for a more liberal attitude. While the political lines are clearly drawn, is there any difference in how it affects your wallet? New research from ApartmentGuide.com shows it might. It would appear that the more liberal your area, the steeper your rent. Take a look at some statistics showing the correlation between political affiliation and average rent:

America’s Most Liberal and Conservative Cities

Most Liberal Cities% Voted Democrat
Average Rental Price
Most Conservative Cities
% Voted Republican
Average Rental Price
San Francisco, CA77.4$3,360Amarillo, TX84.6$829
Laredo, TX76.6$1,020Midland, TX82.1$1,087
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA75.2$3,174Wichita Falls, TX81.2 $712
Santa Fe, NM73.4 $1,024San Angelo, TX79.0$924
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI73.1 $1,217Abilene, TX79.0$827
Philadelphia, PA72.8$1,711Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL77.4$1,123
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA72.1$3,360Fort Worth-Arlington, TX77.1$1,499
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA71.0$1,712Lake Charles, LA75.3$1,229
Santa Rosa, CA70.8$2,411Longview, TX74.6$838
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX70.4$919Birmingham, AL73.9$992
Methodology: Political affiliation data is from the 2012 U.S. presidential election, and average rent price is internally sourced from Apartment Guide.

Does this mean that a vote for Trump might drive your rental prices down or Hillary Clinton will mean a price hike? Not likely. However, those living in the most liberal U.S. cities are paying approximately $1,000 more on average than those living in the most conservative U.S. cities.

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Kari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.

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