These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Iowa


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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 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:

  1. Orange City (Photos)
  2. Sioux Center (Photos)
  3. Sheldon
  4. Le Mars (Photos)
  5. Shenandoah
  6. Clarinda (Photos)
  7. Harlan (Photos)
  8. Red Oak (Photos)
  9. Oskaloosa (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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?

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1. Orange City

Orange City, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,147
Percent Conservative: 83.24%

2. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,312
Percent Conservative: 83.24%

3. Sheldon


Population: 5,024
Percent Conservative: 71.73%

4. Le Mars

Le Mars, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,757
Percent Conservative: 66.39%

5. Shenandoah


Population: 5,062
Percent Conservative: 61.42%

6. Clarinda

Clarinda, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,476
Percent Conservative: 61.42%

7. Harlan

Harlan, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,029
Percent Conservative: 60.33%

8. Red Oak

Red Oak, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,588
Percent Conservative: 59.72%

9. Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,558
Percent Conservative: 59.25%

10. Atlantic

Atlantic, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,929
Percent 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:

  1. Iowa City
  2. Coralville
  3. North Liberty

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Iowa

City Rank Population % Conservative
Orange City 1 6,147 83.24%
Sioux Center 2 7,312 83.24%
Sheldon 3 5,024 71.73%
Le Mars 4 9,757 66.39%
Shenandoah 5 5,062 61.42%
Clarinda 6 5,476 61.42%
Harlan 7 5,029 60.33%
Red Oak 8 5,588 59.72%
Oskaloosa 9 11,558 59.25%
Atlantic 10 6,929 58.53%
Glenwood 11 5,243 58.46%
Spencer 12 11,186 58.23%
Cherokee 13 5,147 57.09%
Knoxville 14 7,245 55.57%
Pella 15 10,316 55.57%
Algona 16 5,494 55.33%
Perry 17 8,086 55.06%
Waukee 18 16,956 55.06%
Winterset 19 5,159 54.84%
Storm Lake 20 10,814 54.32%
Estherville 21 6,091 53.49%
Denison 22 8,383 53.24%
Iowa Falls 23 5,198 52.48%
Carroll 24 10,020 52.47%
Mount Pleasant 25 8,575 51.92%
Council Bluffs 26 62,309 51.68%
Centerville 27 5,431 50.62%
Washington 28 7,348 50.55%
Webster City 29 7,869 50.35%
Norwalk 30 9,671 50.06%
Indianola 31 15,165 50.06%
Vinton 32 5,197 49.49%
Manchester 33 5,106 49.44%
Sioux City 34 82,792 48.52%
Waverly 35 10,013 47.99%
Creston 36 7,886 47.22%
Fort Dodge 37 24,789 46.3%
Boone 38 12,631 45.57%
Newton 39 15,147 45.49%
Anamosa 40 5,518 45.18%
Marshalltown 41 27,770 44.44%
Grinnell 42 9,132 44.35%
Oelwein 43 6,275 43.33%
Ottumwa 44 24,758 43.05%
Mason City 45 27,643 42.51%
Clear Lake 46 7,675 42.51%
Eldridge 47 6,017 42.38%
Bettendorf 48 34,663 42.38%
Davenport 49 101,863 42.38%
Independence 50 5,986 42.24%
Charles City 51 7,500 42.05%
Johnston 52 19,550 41.99%
Clive 53 16,634 41.99%
Altoona 54 15,808 41.99%
Grimes 55 9,509 41.99%
West Des Moines 56 61,266 41.99%
Pleasant Hill 57 9,099 41.99%
Urbandale 58 42,099 41.99%
Ankeny 59 51,489 41.99%
Des Moines 60 208,020 41.99%
Dubuque 61 58,409 41.81%
Asbury 62 5,014 41.81%
Ames 63 62,815 41.71%
Nevada 64 6,799 41.71%
Decorah 65 8,009 41.7%
Fort Madison 66 10,832 41.17%
Keokuk 67 10,705 41.17%
Muscatine 68 23,888 41.12%
Maquoketa 69 6,029 40.78%
Fairfield 70 9,739 40.28%
Cedar Rapids 71 128,829 40.2%
Marion 72 36,311 40.2%
Hiawatha 73 7,150 40.2%
Burlington 74 25,537 39.91%
Waterloo 75 68,432 39.08%
Cedar Falls 76 40,439 39.08%
Clinton 77 26,413 37.73%
De Witt 78 5,283 37.73%
North Liberty 79 14,972 31.19%
Coralville 80 20,038 31.19%
Iowa City 81 71,832 31.19%

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