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Politics & Voting in Austin, Texas

Austin, TX has seen an influx of millennial-aged people move into the area in recent years resulting in a shift to progressive politics. The mayor of Austin is Steve Adler who was reelected in 2018 on a platform of reducing traffic congestion, incentivizing green energy solutions, and revamping public schools.

The Political Climate in Austin, TX is Strongly liberal.

Travis County, TX is Very liberal. In Travis County, TX 71.4% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 26.4% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.2% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Travis county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 71.4% to 26.4%.
Travis county voted Democratic in the last five Presidential elections, after voting Republican in 2000

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Austin, TX is Strongly liberal

Travis County, Texas is Very liberal.

Austin-Round Rock Metro Area is Strongly liberal.

Texas is Leaning conservative.

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.

Austin, Texas: r 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 Austin, TX

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 257,190 contributions totaling $36,665,309 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $143 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 38,011 contributions totaling $19,275,331 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $507 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

  • Percent Democrat (US Avg: 51%)
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    Reviews for Austin    446 Reviews
    Don't believe the hype - 3/11/2022
    I lived there for 22 years and left a year and a half ago. The people that live there have ruined it. Austin is no longer weird AT ALL. The weirdness has been... Read More

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    Austin is still a good place to live - 12/12/2021
    I've lived in Austin over 20 years, and yes it has changed drastically, as all fast growing cities do. But I think it is unfair to compare Austin against it's past self... Read More

    Austin is Awesome - 9/24/2021
    I lived in Austin Travis county for 2 years and fell in absolute love with the greater Austin area. I had to leave to go back to SC unfortunately. I was very sad over... Read More

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