How Counties Where Best Colleges Are Located Voted in the 2016 Presidential Election

Darian Somers

For some students, the political landscape surrounding a school is an important part of the college decision process.

By taking a county-level look at voting results, students can often get a glimpse of the political climate on and around campus.

Overwhelmingly, the top 50 Best National Universities are located in counties that leaned Democrat in the 2016 presidential election. In fact, only two schools are located in counties that favored President-elect Donald Trump.

Here's how the counties where the top National Universities are located voted:

School (state)

Rank

County

Vote

Princeton University (NJ)

1

Mercer

Democratic

Harvard University (MA)

2

Middlesex

Democratic

University of Chicago

3 (tie)

Cook

Democratic

Yale University (CT)

3 (tie)

New Haven

Democratic

Columbia University (NY)

5 (tie)

New York

Democratic

Stanford University (CA)

5 (tie)

Santa Clara

Democratic

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

7

Middlesex

Democratic

Duke University (NC)

8 (tie)

Durham

Democratic

University of Pennsylvania

8 (tie)

Philadelphia

Democratic

Johns Hopkins University (MD)

10

Baltimore

Democratic

Dartmouth College (NH)

11

Grafton

Democratic

California Institute of Technology

12 (tie)

Los Angeles

Democratic

Northwestern University (IL)

12 (tie)

Cook

Democratic

Brown University (RI)

14

Providence

Democratic

Cornell University (NY)

15 (tie)

Tompkins

Democratic

Rice University (TX)

15 (tie)

Harris

Democratic

University of Notre Dame (IN)

15 (tie)

St. Joseph

Democratic

Vanderbilt University (TN)

15 (tie)

Davidson

Democratic

Washington University in St. Louis

19

St. Louis County; St. Louis City

Democratic

Emory University (GA)

20 (tie)

DeKalb

Democratic

Georgetown University (DC)

20 (tie)

Washington, D.C.

Democratic

University of California--Berkeley

20 (tie)

Alameda

Democratic

University of Southern California

23

Los Angeles

Democratic

Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

24 (tie)

Allegheny

Democratic

University of California--Los Angeles

24 (tie)

Los Angeles

Democratic

University of Virginia

24 (tie)

Albemarle

Democratic

Tufts University (MA)

27 (tie)

Middlesex

Democratic

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

27 (tie)

Washtenaw

Democratic

Wake Forest University (NC)

27 (tie)

Forsyth

Democratic

University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

30

Orange

Democratic

Boston College

31

Middlesex

Democratic

College of William & Mary (VA)

32 (tie)

Williamsburg City

Democratic

University of Rochester (NY)

32 (tie)

Monroe

Democratic

Brandeis University (MA)

34 (tie)

Middlesex

Democratic

Georgia Institute of Technology

34 (tie)

Fulton

Democratic

New York University

36

New York

Democratic

Case Western Reserve University (OH)

37 (tie)

Cuyahoga

Democratic

University of California--Santa Barbara

37 (tie)

Santa Barbara

Democratic

Boston University

39 (tie)

Suffolk

Democratic

Northeastern University (MA)

39 (tie)

Suffolk

Democratic

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

39 (tie)

Rensselaer

Republican

Tulane University (LA)

39 (tie)

Orleans Parish

Democratic

University of California--Irvine

39 (tie)

Orange

Democratic

Lehigh University (PA)

44 (tie)

Northampton

Republican

University of California--Davis

44 (tie)

Yolo

Democratic

University of California--San Diego

44 (tie)

San Diego

Democratic

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

44 (tie)

Champaign

Democratic

University of Miami

44 (tie)

Miami-Dade

Democratic

University of Wisconsin--Madison

44 (tie)

Dane

Democratic

Pennsylvania State University--University Park

50 (tie)

Centre

Democratic

Pepperdine University (CA)

50 (tie)

Los Angeles

Democratic

University of Florida

50 (tie)

Alachua

Democratic

Villanova University (PA)

50 (tie)

Delaware

Democratic

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Darian Somers is an associate social media editor at U.S. News. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at dsomers@usnews.com.