These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Illinois


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Well that was one heck of a nomination process 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 big November election, we wanted to get a better sense of what parts of Illinois would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Illinois with populations greater than 5,000 voted in 2012. The cities with the highest percentage of voters who voted republican in 2012 were crowned the most conservative cities in the state:

  1. Effingham (Photos)
  2. Watseka
  3. Flora (Photos)
  4. Eureka (Photos)
  5. Mount Carmel (Photos)
  6. Carmi (Photos)
  7. Quincy (Photos)
  8. Vandalia (Photos)
  9. Metropolis (Photos)
  10. Paris

If you’re wondering, Chicago is the most liberal city in Illinois 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 Illinois.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in Illinois

We started by making a list of every place in Illinois over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 335 places in Illinois.

We then measured the voting record and census data to determine which cities lean the most rightwing in their allegiances. Basically, what percentage of a city voted conservative in the 2012 elecetion?

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 335, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in Illinois.’

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

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1. Effingham

Effingham, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,513
Percent Conservative: 75.25%

2. Watseka


Population: 5,426
Percent Conservative: 71.34%

3. Flora

Flora, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,027
Percent Conservative: 70.92%

4. Eureka

Eureka, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,704
Percent Conservative: 68.67%

5. Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,098
Percent Conservative: 67.74%

6. Carmi

Carmi, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,107
Percent Conservative: 66.97%

7. Quincy

Quincy, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,763
Percent Conservative: 66.7%

8. Vandalia

Vandalia, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,550
Percent Conservative: 66.34%

9. Metropolis

Metropolis, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,417
Percent Conservative: 65.87%

10. Paris


Population: 8,517
Percent Conservative: 65.64%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in Illinois:

  1. Chicago
  2. River Forest
  3. Elmwood Park

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Illinois

City Rank Population % Conservative
Effingham 1 12,513 75.25%
Watseka 2 5,426 71.34%
Flora 3 5,027 70.92%
Eureka 4 5,704 68.67%
Mount Carmel 5 7,098 67.74%
Carmi 6 5,107 66.97%
Quincy 7 40,763 66.7%
Vandalia 8 6,550 66.34%
Metropolis 9 6,417 65.87%
Paris 10 8,517 65.64%
Olney 11 9,085 65.31%
Lincoln 12 14,285 65.08%
Robinson 13 7,506 64.87%
Pontiac 14 12,085 64.85%
Sumner 15 5,988 64.4%
Harrisburg 16 9,247 63.49%
Waterloo 17 10,151 62.46%
Columbia 18 10,029 62.46%
Clinton 19 6,987 62.34%
Monticello 20 5,493 62.17%
Marion 21 17,588 61.45%
Carterville 22 5,691 61.45%
Herrin 23 12,797 61.45%
Jerseyville 24 8,583 60.64%
Pana 25 5,684 60.44%
Taylorville 26 11,068 60.44%
Mount Vernon 27 15,136 60.12%
Salem 28 7,054 58.67%
Centralia 29 12,798 58.67%
Creve Coeur 30 5,652 57.88%
East Peoria 31 23,137 57.88%
Pekin 32 33,905 57.88%
Washington 33 15,824 57.88%
Morton 34 16,534 57.88%
Du Quoin 35 6,002 57.67%
Pinckneyville 36 5,450 57.67%
Chester 37 8,592 57.6%
Rochelle 38 9,440 57.44%
West Frankfort 39 7,720 57.31%
Benton 40 7,319 57.31%
Jacksonville 41 19,241 56.56%
Hillsboro 42 8,545 55.85%
Litchfield 43 7,004 55.85%
Greenville 44 6,842 55.82%
Hoopeston 45 5,420 55.72%
Danville 46 32,337 55.72%
Beardstown 47 6,217 55.68%
Mattoon 48 17,646 54.46%
Charleston 49 21,552 54.46%
Bloomington 50 78,206 54.44%
Normal 51 54,488 54.44%
Spring Grove 52 5,510 53.49%
Cary 53 18,038 53.49%
Lake In The Hills 54 28,968 53.49%
Huntley 55 25,412 53.49%
Harvard 56 9,802 53.49%
Crystal Lake 57 40,635 53.49%
Island Lake 58 8,041 53.49%
Woodstock 59 25,247 53.49%
Mchenry 60 26,739 53.49%
Marengo 61 7,714 53.49%
Johnsburg 62 6,321 53.49%
Lakemoor 63 6,535 53.49%
Algonquin 64 30,278 53.49%
Coal City 65 5,724 53.39%
Minooka 66 11,505 53.39%
Morris 67 14,402 53.39%
Chatham 68 12,341 53.26%
Springfield 69 117,061 53.26%
Dixon 70 15,196 52.67%
Carlinville 71 5,452 52.1%
Poplar Grove 72 5,258 51.94%
Belvidere 73 25,741 51.94%
Mount Zion 74 6,118 51.76%
Decatur 75 74,654 51.76%
Oswego 76 32,468 50.85%
Plano 77 11,920 50.85%
Yorkville 78 18,222 50.85%
Bradley 79 15,763 50.84%
Kankakee 80 26,821 50.84%
Manteno 81 9,251 50.84%
Bourbonnais 82 18,656 50.84%
Freeport 83 24,973 49.93%
Bethalto 84 9,406 49.49%
Collinsville 85 25,025 49.49%
Godfrey 86 17,868 49.49%
Edwardsville 87 24,896 49.49%
Pontoon Beach 88 5,840 49.49%
Maryville 89 7,791 49.49%
Wood River 90 10,417 49.49%
Alton 91 27,335 49.49%
Highland 92 9,848 49.49%
Troy 93 9,939 49.49%
Glen Carbon 94 12,882 49.49%
Granite City 95 29,421 49.49%
East Alton 96 6,215 49.49%
Macomb 97 18,944 49.36%
Ottawa 98 18,565 49.21%
Mendota 99 7,321 49.21%
Lasalle 100 9,510 49.21%

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