These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Idaho For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Idaho are probably voting for Trump.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most conservative places to live in Idaho.

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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 Idaho would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.

Specifically, which cities have the highest number of conservative voters in the Gem State?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Idaho 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.

Here are the 10 most conservative places in Idaho for 2019:

  1. Emmett (Photos)
  2. Fruitland (Photos)
  3. Payette (Photos)
  4. Weiser (Photos)
  5. Burley (Photos)
  6. Rupert (Photos)
  7. Preston (Photos)
  8. Jerome (Photos)
  9. Mountain Home (Photos)
  10. Rathdrum (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Hailey is the most liberal city in Idaho 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 Idaho.

And if you already knew these places were conservative, check out some more reading about Idaho and the most conservative places in the country:

How we determined the most conservative cities in Idaho for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Idaho over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 32 cities and towns.

We then measured the voting record and donation data to determine which places lean the most rightward in their allegiances by:

  1. Percentage Of Registered Republicans
  2. # Of Contributions To Republicans Per Capita
  3. $ Amount Contributed To Republicans Per Capita

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 32 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Emmett, is “The Most Conservative City in Idaho For 2019”.

Let’s go through these conservative places, shall we?

The 10 Most Conservative Places In Idaho For 2019

Emmett, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,593
Percent Republican: 75.2%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $86.06
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.2
More on Emmett: PhotosData

Emmett is a city in Gem County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,557 at the 2010 census, up from 5,490 in 2000. It is the county seat and the only city in the county. Emmett is part of the BoiseNampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Fruitland, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,062
Percent Republican: 74.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $13.01
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Fruitland: PhotosData

Fruitland is a city in Payette County, Idaho, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 95 in the Treasure Valley of southwest Idaho, about 50 miles west of Boise on the border with Oregon. It is part of the Ontario Micropolitan Area. Fruitland is named after the apple orchards that surround the community, and its slogan is “The Big Apple of Idaho.”

Payette, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,366
Percent Republican: 74.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.05
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Payette: PhotosData

Payette is a city in and the county seat of Payette County, Idaho, United States. The population was 7,433 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ontario, ORID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Weiser, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,325
Percent Republican: 73.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.06
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Weiser: PhotosData

Weiser is a city in the rural western part of the U.S. state of Idaho and the county seat of Washington County. With its mild climate, the city supports farm, orchard, and livestock endeavors in the vicinity. The city sits at the confluence of the Weiser River with the great Snake River, which marks the border with Oregon. The population was 5,507 at the 2010 census.

Burley, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,336
Percent Republican: 72.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $6.13
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Burley: PhotosData

Rupert, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,738
Percent Republican: 71.1%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.62
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Rupert: PhotosData

Rupert is the county seat and largest city of Minidoka County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Burley Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census.

Preston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,268
Percent Republican: 70.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $0.73
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Preston: PhotosData

Preston is a city in Franklin County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,204 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County. It is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Jerome, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,306
Percent Republican: 68.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.28
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Jerome: PhotosData

Mountain Home, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,867
Percent Republican: 68.2%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.26
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Mountain Home: PhotosData

Rathdrum, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,592
Percent Republican: 67.0%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.51
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Rathdrum: PhotosData

Rathdrum is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,826 at the 2010 census, up from 4816 in 2000. It is part of the Coeur d’Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entire county. It is named after Rathdrum in Ireland.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in Idaho

Well there you have it, the places in Idaho that have the highest number of conservatives per capita, with Emmett ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.

If you’re curious, here are the least conservative cities in Idaho:

  1. Hailey
  2. Moscow
  3. Kuna

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In Idaho

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Emmett, ID 6,593 75.2%
2 Fruitland, ID 5,062 74.6%
3 Payette, ID 7,366 74.6%
4 Weiser, ID 5,325 73.7%
5 Burley, ID 10,336 72.7%
6 Rupert, ID 5,738 71.1%
7 Preston, ID 5,268 70.9%
8 Jerome, ID 11,306 68.8%
9 Mountain Home, ID 13,867 68.2%
10 Rathdrum, ID 7,592 67.0%
11 Post Falls, ID 30,886 67.0%
12 Hayden, ID 14,096 67.0%
13 Coeur D’alene, ID 48,618 67.0%
14 Twin Falls, ID 47,340 66.4%
15 Blackfoot, ID 11,850 65.6%
16 Middleton, ID 6,716 64.9%
17 Caldwell, ID 51,634 64.9%
18 Nampa, ID 89,576 64.9%
19 Sandpoint, ID 7,918 63.7%
20 Lewiston, ID 32,482 62.2%
21 Ammon, ID 14,998 60.4%
22 Idaho Falls, ID 59,414 60.4%
23 Rexburg, ID 27,369 57.0%
24 Chubbuck, ID 14,470 51.4%
25 Pocatello, ID 54,658 51.4%
26 Meridian, ID 91,917 47.9%
27 Eagle, ID 23,708 47.9%
28 Star, ID 7,832 47.9%
29 Garden City, ID 11,637 47.9%
30 Kuna, ID 17,590 47.9%
31 Moscow, ID 24,833 40.0%
32 Hailey, ID 8,097 31.1%

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