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Politics & Voting in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA is a bustling city with an active political landscape. The city is governed by the Mayor of Boston, who is elected by the people every four years. The Boston City Council is composed of 13 members, each representing one district in the city. They are responsible for passing laws and ordinances that affect the citizens of Boston, as well as appropriating funds to municipal departments and agencies within the city. Additionally, there are several state representatives from each district representing their constituents in the Massachusetts State House. The people of Boston also have an opportunity to voice their opinions at local town meetings held twice a year. Overall, politics in Boston are heavily influenced by its citizens who are passionate about making sure their voices are heard and that their city remains a strong and vibrant place to live.

The Political Climate in Boston, MA is Very liberal.

Suffolk County, MA is Very liberal. In Suffolk County, MA 80.6% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 17.5% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 1.9% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Suffolk county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 80.6% to 17.5%.
Suffolk county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Boston, MA is Very liberal

Suffolk County, Massachusetts is Very liberal.

Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metro Area is Very liberal.

Massachusetts is Very liberal.

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.

Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Boston, Massachusetts: D D D D D D

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D if the Democratic Party candidate won and I if the Independent Party candidate won. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here�s the VoteWord for Iowa � d r d d r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.

Individual Campaign Contributions in Boston, MA

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 109,812 contributions totaling $54,329,950 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $495 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 5,979 contributions totaling $8,258,631 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $1,381 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

  • Percent Democrat (US Avg: 51%)
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    Reviews for Boston    122 Reviews
    Boston is great! - 4/2/2023
    health care in the country, plenty of jobs, gorgeous architecture, cool neighborhoods, lots of great restaurants, and always something to do. The beautiful coast, the... Read More

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    Many pros, but all are outweighed by the cons - 1/31/2022
    I've lived in/near Boston my whole life almost. It has many pros such as a big city feel, extremely safe, reliable train transportation, great food. However any pro... Read More

    Do you want to feel poor?! Come on down! - 10/4/2021
    I moved to MA from the country of Georgia in eastern Europe. Then traveled quite a bit in the U.S. Boston definitely has its own flavor. Suburbs offer okay schools,... Read More

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