Journalist explains why Watertown is ‘least politically prejudiced place in America’

Amanda Ripley at JCC

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The journalist who termed Watertown the least politically prejudiced city in America was back in town to discuss her findings.

Amanda Ripley of The Atlantic explained her research to an audience at Jefferson Community College Wednesday night.

Ripley's work led her to conclude that Watertown is the most politically tolerant city out of thousands across the country.

Ripley says Watertown isn't divisive when it comes to politics. The audience got the chance to weigh in.

"We were a little surprised, to be honest," Ripley said. "In our stereotypical ways, we thought it would be somewhere in the Midwest, but you've got to go do the reporting."

"Folks who choose to live in the north country -- understand and be tolerant of people of opposing views," JCC mathematics professor Joel LaLone said. "I would take out of there that we tend to look for commonground rather than looking for something divisive."

LaLone conducts JCC’s annual community surveys. He says when it comes to the political tone in the north country, JCC’s data agrees with Ripley’s.

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