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St. Louis named the Best City for Liberals

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Attractions, inclusion, and voting history are just some of the reasons why St. Louis was named the Best City for Liberals in America.  

The new rankings, compiled by the quality of life analyzing site Livability, were released Monday morning and headlining the top of the liberal chart is the Gateway City. St. Louis leads the Top 5, which also includes Berkeley, Ca., Hoboken, N.J., Cambridge, Ma., and Bethesda, Md. 

According to Livability, the prior two elections favored current President Barack Obama, who is a Democrat. During the 2012 election, Democrats received 82.7 percent of the vote from St. Louis County voters.

In fact, Democratic mayor, Francis Slay, is St. Louis' longest-serving mayor. During that time, Slay worked to make St. Louis more inclusive and diverse. According to Livability, Slay established St. Louis as one of 25 cities to receive a perfect 100 score under the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. 

The score is determined based on how inclusive a city's laws, policies, and services are to the LGBT community. 

St. Louis has not only been inclusive to the LGBT population, but to those outside the U.S. borders. Last year, the number of foreign-born people living in the St. Louis area rose by 8.9 percent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the area is now seeing the largest percentage of increase of immigrants compared to other metropolitan areas. 

Outside of social issues, St. Louis' attractions helped the city earn the No.1 spot on the list. Places like the St. Louis Zoo and the City Museum, as well as Cardinals games are all within easy-access to residents. 

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