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