There's another point, too. In general, the greater your level of education, the more likely you are to be liberal. Despite the self serving claim that this is because educators are liberals (they tend to be, but for a different reason), education tends to broaden one beyond a narrow, provincial experience.
It's really as simple as that; they more you know, the greater your range of experience, and the more different people and different types of people you know, the more your perspective will be liberal.
Conservatism is bred by closed mindedness, rigid boundaries and borders, narrowness, doctrine (like religion) and most of all...insularity.
This is the reason that liberalism is an urban phenomenon. But so are a lot of other things urban in origin; civility, civics, citizens and even civilization itself are all outgrowths of urbanism, and the cross pollination and intermingling of ideas which happens when people of different backgrounds and perspectives come together in an urban environment.
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