#1. Spokane Valley

While elected officials representing Spokane Valley, Wash., tend to lean towards the right of the political spectrum, most residents identify themselves as liberals. The result is a well-balanced city where values on both sides are respected. Votes were split nearly even during the last two presidential elections, with Republicans winning by less than 3 percent. Races for governor and the Senate seat have followed the same pattern.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who was elected to Congress in 2004, is considered a rank-and-file Republican by GovTrack. Rodgers supports traditional family values, the pro-life cause and the Second Amendment.

Residents here are likely to …

  • drive a Subaru.
  • eat at Qdoba.
  • shop at REI.
  • watch The Newsroom.
  • read Good Housekeeping.

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