The 20 Largest American Cities, In Order Of The Last Time They Elected A Democratic Mayor

• Dallas: June 18, 2011

• Jacksonville: May 17, 2011

• Chicago: Feb. 22, 2011

• Houston: Dec. 12, 2009

• Charlotte: Nov. 3, 2009

• Memphis: Oct. 15, 2009

• Austin: May 9, 2009

• El Paso: May 9, 2009

• Fort Worth: May 9, 2009

• San Antonio: May 9, 2009

• Detroit: May 5, 2009

• Los Angeles: March 3, 2009

• Columbus: Nov. 6, 2007

• Philadelphia: Nov. 6, 2007

• San Francisco: Nov. 6, 2007

• Phoenix: Sept. 11, 2007

• San Jose: Nov. 7, 2006

• Indianapolis: Nov. 4, 2003

• New York: Nov. 7, 1989

• San Diego: June 7, 1988

Note: Subsequent to the writing of this post the city of Dallas elected a Democratic mayor. Like, over the weekend and stuff. The post has been amended to reflect that.


Olivia LaVecchia is an Awl summer reporter.