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 Iowa would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.
Specifically, which cities have the highest number of conservative voters in the Hawkeye State?
In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Iowa 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:
- Orange City (Photos)
- Sioux Center (Photos)
- Le Mars (Photos)
- Clarinda (Photos)
- Harlan (Photos)
- Red Oak (Photos)
- Oskaloosa (Photos)
- Atlantic (Photos)
If you’re wondering, Iowa City is the most liberal city in Iowa 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 Iowa.
How we determined the most Conservative cities in Iowa
We started by making a list of every place in Iowa over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 81 places in Iowa.
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 81, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in Iowa.’
Let’s go through these conservative places, shall we?
1. Orange City
Population: 6,147Percent Conservative: 83.24%
2. Sioux Center
Population: 7,312Percent Conservative: 83.24%
Population: 5,024 Percent Conservative: 71.73%
4. Le Mars
Population: 9,757Percent Conservative: 66.39%
Population: 5,062 Percent Conservative: 61.42%
Population: 5,476Percent Conservative: 61.42%
Population: 5,029Percent Conservative: 60.33%
8. Red Oak
Population: 5,588Percent Conservative: 59.72%
Population: 11,558Percent Conservative: 59.25%
Population: 6,929Percent Conservative: 58.53%
Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds
Well there you have it, the places in Iowa that have the highest number of conservatives per capita, with Orange City ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.
If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in Iowa:
- Iowa City
- North Liberty
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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Iowa
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