Cities That Have Hosted Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Where the Major Parties Have Chosen to Nominate Their Presidential Candidates

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The Republican and Democratic parties have held a combined 86 presidential nominating conventions since 1832. And those 86 conventions have been held in just 25 American cities.

Do you know which ones?

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Here's a look at each of the parties and where they've held their nominating conventions since 1832.

Democratic National Convention Host Cities

There have been 46 nominating conventions held by the Democratic National Committee.

The 47th is scheduled for the summer of 2016. The Democratic Party has announced Philadelphia, Pa., will be the host city for the convention

The most popular city for Democrats has been Chicago, Illinois. It has held 11 national conventions in the Windy City from 1864 until, most recently, 1996. Baltimore, Maryland, is the party's second-most favored city, with eight conventions. In fact, the party's first-ever convention was held there in 1832. The Democrats held seven more conventions there, though the most recent one was in 1912.

The third most popular city for Democrats is New York City, with five conventions.

Here's a complete list of where Democrats have held their conventions.

  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1832 
  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1835 
  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1840 
  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1844
  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1848
  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1852
  • Cincinnati, Ohio — 1856
  • Charleston, South Carolina — 1860
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1864
  • New York City, New York — 1868
  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1872
  • St. Louis, Missouri — 1876
  • Cincinnati, Ohio — 1880
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1884
  • St. Louis, Missouri — 1888
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1892
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1896
  • Kansas City, Missouri — 1900
  • St. Louis, Missouri — 1904
  • Denver, Colorado — 1908
  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1912
  • St. Louis, Missouri — 1916
  • San Francisco, California — 1920
  • New York City, New York — 1924
  • Houston, Texas — 1928
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1932
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 1936
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1940
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1944
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 1948
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1952
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1956
  • Los Angeles, California — 1960
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey — 1964
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1968
  • Miami Beach, Florida — 1972
  • New York City, New York — 1976
  • New York City, New York — 1980
  • San Francisco, California — 1984
  • Atlanta, Georgia — 1988
  • New York City, New York — 1992
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1996
  • Los Angeles, California — 2000
  • Boston, Massachusetts — 2004
  • Denver, Colorado — 2008
  • Charlotte, North Carolina — 2012
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 2016

Republican National Convention Host Cities

There have been 40 nominating conventions held by the Republican National Committee in 17 different cities. The 41st is scheduled for the summer of 2016. The Republican Party has announced Cleveland, Ohio, will be the host city for the convention

The most popular cities for Republicans to hold their conventions has been Chicago, where they've met 14 times; Philadelphia, where they've met six times; and Cleveland, where they'll meet for the third time.

 

Here's a complete list of where Republicans have held their conventions.

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 1856
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1860
  • Baltimore, Maryland — 1864
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1868
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 1872
  • Cincinnati, Ohio — 1876
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1880
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1884
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1888
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota — 1892
  • St. Louis, Missouri — 1896
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 1900
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1904
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1908
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1912
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1916
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1920
  • Cleveland, Ohio — 1924
  • Kansas City, Missouri — 1928
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1932
  • Cleveland, Ohio — 1936
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 1940
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1944
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 1948
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1952
  • San Francisco, California — 1956
  • Chicago, Illinois — 1960
  • San Francisco, California — 1964
  • Miami Beach, Florida — 1968
  • Miami Beach, Florida — 1972
  • Kansas City, Missouri — 1976
  • Detroit, Michigan — 1980
  • Dallas, Texas — 1984
  • New Orleans, Louisiana — 1988
  • Houston, Texas — 1992
  • San Diego, California — 1996
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 2000
  • New York City, New York — 2004
  • St. Paul, Minnesota — 2008
  • Tampa, Florida — 2012
  • Cleveland, Ohio — 2016
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