The map below shows the political leanings of people in and around Portland. 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.
Portland tends to be democratic based on voting results in recent elections. Compared to other nearby cities, Portland has more democratic voters. Compared to the nation as a whole, Portland leans more democratic.
Highly educated populations with bachelor’s degrees or higher tend to vote for more liberal candidates. In the Portland metro area, 38.15% of all adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Educated women are far less likely to vote for conservatives, and in Portland women make up 50.52% 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 Portland is 38.9, which is older than the national median age of 38.1.
Is Portland a political battleground? Across all types of political contests in Portland, including state, local and presidential elections, races come within five percentage points 25% 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.
- Portland, OR: politically similar voters
- Maywood Park, OR: more liberal voters
- Milwaukie, OR: more conservative voters
- Oak Grove, OR: more conservative voters
- Happy Valley, OR: more conservative voters
- Oatfield, OR: more conservative voters
- Lake Oswego, OR: more conservative voters
- Cedar Mill, OR: more liberal voters
- Johnson City, OR: more conservative voters
- Clackamas, OR: more conservative voters
Cities with Similar Populations
- Fort Myers, FL: more conservative voters
- Seattle, WA: more liberal voters
- El Paso, TX: more liberal voters
- Denver, CO: more conservative voters
- Colorado Springs, CO: more conservative voters
- Stockton, CA: more conservative voters
- Columbus, OH: more conservative voters
- Little Rock, AR: more conservative voters
- Akron, OH: more conservative voters
- Boise, ID: more conservative voters
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