The map below shows the political leanings of people in and around Upper West Side. 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.

New York, NY map (which includes Upper West Side) of Democratic vs. Republican areas

Politics Key

Very liberal
Split evenly
Very conservative


Upper West Side tends to be very democratic based on voting results in recent elections. Compared to other nearby neighborhoods, Upper West Side has more republican voters. Compared to the nation as a whole, Upper West Side leans more democratic.

Highly educated populations with bachelor’s degrees or higher tend to vote for more liberal candidates. In Upper West Side, 74.79% of all adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Educated women are far less likely to vote for conservatives, and in Upper West Side women make up 55.20% 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 Upper West Side is 43.8, which is older than the national median age of 38.1.

Is Upper West Side a political battleground? Across all types of political contests in Upper West Side, including state, local and presidential elections, races come within five percentage points 0% 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.

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