Occupy Phoenix Folks, Tea Partiers Earn Phoenix "Angriest Cities" (Gulp) Honors
Regardless of political affiliation, people across the country are pissed off about one thing or another, but there are only a few cities that -- as a whole -- are more pissed off than Phoenix, according to a recent ranking of pissed off cities.
The Daily Beast website has ranked Phoenix one of "America's 10 Angriest Cities" based on the number of protesters who showed up during the "Occupy Phoenix" demonstration and the demonstrators who attended a 2009 Tea Party rally.
See our coverage of the "Occupy Phoenix" rally here.
Phoenix, according to the rankings, is the sixth angriest city in the country.
To find America's 10 Angriest Cities, we combined the turnout totals per capita for the Tea Party's April 15, 2009 protests and the Occupy Wall Street protests on October 15, 2011--with data from Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight Blog, and reliable reports and estimates--to find the number of protesters per million residents in cities with more than 500,000 people. At least 500 people had to show up to each protest to be considered for our ranking.
According to the rankings, with about 5,000 people who showed up for the 2009 Tea Party protest, and the 1,000 who showed up to "occupy" Cesar Chavez Plaza last weekend, Phoenix has 3,905 protesters per million people.
Below is what the Beast has to say about Phoenix:
The first major Tea Party protests in April 2009 garnered five times as many people than the recent Occupy Wall Street protests, but at least one Phoenix conservative--a blogger for a libertarian website--showed up to last week's events with a message of solidarity. "They (conservatives) want to be heard too and express their general disillusionment with big corporations," Chris Haworth said. "There's a large dialogue and they want to be a part of it."
Tucson, according to the rankings, is actually angrier than Phoenix -- it ranked fifth with 4,204 protesters per million people.
Below is the Beast's take on Tucson:
Phoenix's neighbor to the south has had an even better protest turnout than the Arizona capital, and also trends toward the conservative side, with higher attendance during Tea Party events than Occupy Wall Street protests. Fifty-three people were arrested and cited on Sunday after refusing to leave Tucson's Armory Park.
Denver, Colorado earned the top spot on the list with 12,018 protesters per million people, followed by Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco.
See the complete rankings here.