Gilbert Named One of the Top Cities in America for Conservatives to Live
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Gilbert is one of the best places in the United States for right-wingers to live, according to one analysis.
Estately, a real estate company, put together a formula to find the best cities in America for conservatives to live and ranked Gilbert (which technically is a town) ninth.
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"We looked into recent voting trends, tax rates, business-friendly grades, locals who identify as 'highly religious,' gun-friendly laws, conservative local politicians, and more." Estately says. "Then we combined them with quality-of-life indicators like crime rate, commute times, housing prices, unemployment rate, and more."
Thanks to Arizona's gun laws, Maricopa County voters voting Republican, and Gilbert having a healthy number of Mormons living there, it's certainly not a surprise that Gilbert would land on such a list.
There is one small error on Estately's part:
Reasons Liberals Avoid It: Local Congressional Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), who has an A rating by the NRA and 100 percent on The Heritage Foundation's scorecard (highest in Arizona).Actually, all of Gilbert falls into Republican Congressman Matt Salmon's district. Salmon has just a 98 percent rating from the Heritage Foundation, and an A+ rating from the NRA.
Gilbert's low crime rate also was cited (although that's not really a stat that's specific to conservatives), as it had the lowest crime rate of any Arizona municipality with more than 100,000 residents last year, even when you include neo-Nazi quadruple-murderer J.T. Ready's crimes that occurred in the town last year.
Gilbert also lands on the list thanks to a local real estate agent who calls himself "the conservative's real estate agent." Seriously.
No other Arizona city made the top-13 list, which is topped by Oklahoma City.
Click here to check out the info on all the cities picked as top places for conservatives to live.
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