‘Estately.com’ blog claims Oklahoma City best city for conservatives to live
Electoral trends show America’s large cities growing more and more liberal, meaning urban conservatives are becoming more and more isolated.
However, there are a handful of cities out there that buck the trend and still provide friendly habitat for city-dwelling conservatives.
“Estately” scoured the country for large cities with populations over 200,000 that offer a combination of conservative values, a high quality of life, and plenty of big city activities to enjoy.
They looked into recent voting trends, tax rates, business-friendly grades, locals who identify as “highly religious,” gun-friendly laws, conservative local politicians, and more.
Then they combined them with quality of life indicators like crime rate, commute times, housing prices, unemployment rate, and more. In the end they concluded these are the 13 Best U.S. Cities for Conservatives to Live…
Here is what Estately.com says about how Oklahoma City positioned itself in first place:
Oklahoma City is a red city in an extremely red state that offers a great quality of life. The area is awash in oil and gas money, something that keeps the unemployment rate low and ensures it’s the most “recession proof city in America,” according to Forbes magazine. Oklahoma City is situated right in the middle of Tornado Alley, but it’s also home to the corporate headquarters of Sonic Drive-In so a Sonic Happy Hour is always close by. The conservative city doesn’t much believe in government redistributing wealth, but it saw no problem with the NBA redistributing liberal Seattle’s beloved Supersonics to their city. Now that the city has the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s getting even more national exposure for its cuisine, nightlife, and local attractions.
Median Household Income: $44,937
Median List Price For A Home: $134,000
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Home Ownership: 60.6%
Commute Time: 20.1 minutes
Taxes: Income tax and 3.75% sales tax
Reason Liberals Avoid It: Tornadoes and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Things To Do: Dine at Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, enjoy the zoo and botanical gardens, check out the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and visit The American Pigeon Museum.
Famous Locals: Sports columnist Skip Bayless, chef Rick Bayless, NFL receiver Wes Welker, and… Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Seriously. It’s hard to believe Sen. Elizabeth Warren is from here.
Percent Who Voted For Obama (2012): 41.7% (Oklahoma County)
Mayor: Mick Cornett—Republican