The map below shows the political leanings of people in and around Chicago. Darker red areas have almost entirely Republican voters, dark blue areas vote mostly for Democrats, and areas in lighter shades or in light purple are areas where the vote is usually split between parties.
Chicago tends to be democratic based on voting results in recent elections. Compared to other nearby cities, Chicago has more republican voters. Compared to the nation as a whole, Chicago leans more democratic.
Highly educated populations with bachelor’s degrees or higher tend to vote for more liberal candidates. In the Chicago metro area, 36.62% of all adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Educated women are far less likely to vote for conservatives, and in Chicago women make up 51.07% of the population.
Older Americans tend to vote more conservatively. Members of the Boomer and Silent generations (born 1928-1964) more often vote for republicans while GenX, Millennials (born 1965-1996) and younger generations consistently support democrats. The median age in Chicago is 38.3, which is older than the national median age of 38.1.
Is Chicago a political battleground? Across all types of political contests in Chicago, including state, local and presidential elections, races come within five percentage points 17% of the time.
Note: Federal, local, and state elections are weighed based on the recency of the election and the importance most voters assign to each seat.
- Chicago, IL: politically similar voters
- Evergreen Park, IL: more liberal voters
- Cicero, IL: more liberal voters
- Oak Park, IL: more liberal voters
- Berwyn, IL: more liberal voters
- Stickney, IL: more liberal voters
- Forest Park, IL: more liberal voters
- Forest View, IL: more liberal voters
- River Forest, IL: more liberal voters
- Riverside, IL: more liberal voters
Cities with Similar Populations
- Brooklyn, NY: more liberal voters
- Baltimore, MD: more conservative voters
- Orlando, FL: more conservative voters
- San Antonio, TX: more conservative voters
- Portland, OR: more conservative voters
- Charlotte, NC: more conservative voters
- Pittsburgh, PA: more conservative voters
- Tampa, FL: more conservative voters
- Houston, TX: more conservative voters
- Sacramento, CA: more conservative voters
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