Well this has been one heck of a couple of years for the Republican Party. Never in my life time have I see anything like it — given that’s a relatively short lifetime, but who’s counting?
And now that we’re headed towards the next big election, we wanted to get a better sense of what parts of Arkansas would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.
Specifically, which cities have the highest number of conservative voters in the Natural State?
In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Arkansas with populations greater than 5,000 voted and contributed to political campaigns in the past several years. The cities with the highest percentage of voters who voted republican and gave the most to conservatives where named the most conservative cities in the state.
If you’re wondering, Pine Bluff is the most liberal city in Arkansas of all those we measured.
And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data. For more on how we ran the numbers, keep on reading. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 most conservative cities in Arkansas.
And if you already knew these places were conservative, check out some more reading about Arkansas and the most conservative places in the country:
How we determined the most conservative cities in Arkansas for 2019
We started by making a list of every city in Arkansas over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 62 cities and towns.
- Percentage Of Registered Republicans
- # Of Contributions To Republicans Per Capita
- $ Amount Contributed To Republicans Per Capita
Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 62 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.
The winner, Mena, is “The Most Conservative City in Arkansas For 2019”.
Let’s go through these conservative places, shall we?
The 10 Most Conservative Places In Arkansas For 2019
Mena is a city in Polk County, Arkansas, United States. It is also the county seat of Polk County. The population was 5,637 as of 2000 census.
Percent Republican: 78.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $15.03
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.09
More on Heber Springs: Data
Heber Springs is a city in Cleburne County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,165 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Cleburne County.
Harrison is a city in Boone County, Arkansas, United States. It is the county seat. It named after General Marcus LaRue Harrison, a surveyor that laid out the city along Crooked Creek at Stifler Springs. According to 2012 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 13,163, up from 12,943 at the 2010 census.
Beebe, Arkansas is a city in White County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,315 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous in the county. The city is home to a branch campus of Jonesboro-based Arkansas State University.
Searcy is the largest city and county seat of White County, Arkansas, United States. According to 2014 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 23,768. It is the principal city of the Searcy, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of White County. The city takes its name from Richard Searcy, a judge for the Superior Court of the Arkansas Territory. A college town, Searcy is the home of Harding University.
Alma is a city in Crawford County, Arkansas, United States. It is located within the Arkansas River Valley at the edge of the Ozark Mountains, the city is the sixth largest in the Fort Smith metropolitan area. The population was 5,419 at the 2010 Census. The city is located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 49.
Van Buren is the second largest city in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area and the county seat of Crawford County, Arkansas, United States. The city is located directly northeast of Fort Smith at the Interstate 40-Interstate 540 junction. The city was incorporated in 1845 and as of the 2010 census had a population of 22,791, ranking it as the state’s 22nd largest city, behind Searcy.
Mountain Home is a small city and the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, United States, in the southern Ozark Mountains near the northern state border with Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12,448. A total of 41,307 persons lived within the city and micropolitan combined, which encompasses the majority of Baxter County.
Paragould is the county seat of Greene County, and the 19th-largest city in Arkansas, in the United States. The city is located in northeastern Arkansas on the eastern edge of Crowley’s Ridge, a geologic anomaly contained within the Arkansas delta.
Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in Arkansas
Well there you have it, the places in Arkansas that have the highest number of conservatives per capita, with Mena ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.
If you’re curious, here are the least conservative cities in Arkansas:
- Pine Bluff
- White Hall
- North Little Rock
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- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Arkansas
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