Since Donald Trump became president, we’ve seen an influx in people being interested in politics (especially women, children, and minorities). These are the states that have historically cared the most about politics.
1. North Dakota
The Daily Beast names North Dakota one of the most politically active states because of the number of citizens who are registered, turnout, and the amount of individual donations. 75.6% of adult citizens are registered to vote, and 55.7% actually vote. Individual donations in 2010 was $4,935,486.
Next: A key swing state
Colorado is consistently one of the most political sates in America. This could partially be because it’s considered a key swing state. Not only does it rank high in voter turnout, Coloradans are also very generous. According to Smart Asset, “Colorado citizens donated the 5th most in the 2012 presidential election.”
Next: The home of our nation’s capital.
3. Washington, D.C.
The home of our nation’s capital, of course, makes the list. Not only is over 80% of the population registered to vote, but D.C. has the highest voter turnout of any state or district, according to Nerd Wallet. Additionally, D.C. is a hub of protests and political events. It’s tough to live in D.C if you don’t love being immersed in politics.
Next: The Bay state
Based on how the state votes for presidents, one would assume Massachusetts is a liberal state. However, the state typically has a Republican governor. “The Bay State came into national focus when former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney ran for president in 2012 and he was forced to step back from the liberal-leaning health care reforms he helped put into place. That year 70% of the state’s voters turned up at polls,” says Smart Asset.
Next: This state has one of the highest counts of registered voters.
Mississippi has one of the highest amounts of registered voters compared to other states. “Over 84 percent of citizens in Mississippi were registered to vote, though 10 percent of registered citizens didn’t make it to the polls, leaving a voter rate of 74.5 percent,” says Nerd Wallet.
Next: This state has a high rate of political donations.
Oregon’s always been a politically engaged state. Oregon’s citizens believe in voting with their wallets, and aren’t afraid to donate to the candidates and causes they care about. “Many states saw a large drop in donations from 2008 to 2012. Not Oregon. Oregon residents gave an estimated $2.61 per capita in 2008 and that figure only decline 12 cents to $2.49 in 2012,” says Smart Asset. “Compare that to New Mexico, where donations per capita was $7.06 in 2008 and dropped all the way to $2.82 in 2012.”
Next: Famous for its cheese … and political activity
Wisconsin is another politically active state. In 2012, 78% of its citizens were registered to vote, and 73% actually got out and voted, meaning only 5% of the state’s citizens were registered but did not vote, according to Nerd Wallet.
Next: In this state, 74% of adults are registered to vote.
The Daily Beast also named Vermont as one of the most politically active states in America. In Vermont, 74% of adult citizens are registered to vote, and 55% of those citizens actually vote. The average donation per adult citizen is $7.06.
Next: The average donation per citizen in this state is $7.36.
With 72% of its adults registered to vote, and a 58.1% turnout rate, Washington is also considered one of the most politically active states. According to The Daily Beast, the average donation per adult citizen is $7.36. One thing to note, though, is that the state doesn’t get as big a boost in turnout during presidential election years as other states do.
Next: Another giving state in the donations department
Connecticut makes the list because its citizens are extremely giving in the political donations department. “The Constitution State ranked in the top 5 for donations in both years we analyzed the data,” said Smart Asset. Where the state lacks, though, is voting attendance. In 2010 and 2014, Connecticut didn’t even reach 50% voter turnout.
Next: The average donation per adult in this state is $8.76.
11. South Dakota
Also named one of the most politically active states in America by The Daily Beast, South Dakota has a pretty high number of registered citizens. 69% of adult citizens are registered to vote and 54.9% of citizens actually vote. The average donation per adult citizen is $8.76.
Next: This state doesn’t spend much in donations, but it does show up to the polls.
Though Minnesotans aren’t the biggest spenders when it comes to politics, they do pretty well in voter turnout. In 2010, 2012, and 2014, Minnesota was no lower than 6th in voter turnout. Nerd Wallet lists the state as one of the most politically engaged because in 2012 79% of citizens were registered to vote, and 73.2% of citizens voted.
Next: A state that’s active in protests and political demonstrations.
About 73% of adults are registered to vote in California, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, and that number tends to stay pretty consistent. California makes the list, though, due to their involvement in political protest and demonstrations. In the past few years, California has been home to some of the biggest protests in the nation, including the Women’s March and March for Our Lives (sister marches of those taking place in Washington).
Next: Though this state has a high rate of registered voters, they lack in one big area …
Maryland, though still considered one of the more politically active states, doesn’t always show up to vote. Though the state’s amount of registered voters is impressive, the number of people who actually get out and vote dips significantly. “Maryland had the 3rd highest level of registered voters in 2014, with 72% of citizens registered to vote but only 48% of citizens actually went to the polls,” says Smart Asset
Next: This state is particularly interested in local politics.
Maine is considered one of the most politically charged states, ranking first in voter turnout in both 2014 and 2010. Although, for presidential elections, Maine citizens sometimes don’t participate as much as they do for local politics. “In 2012, Maine had a voter turnout of 68% – only good enough to rank 9th in the country that year,” says Smart Assets.
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