These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Kentucky


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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 Kentucky would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Kentucky 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. London (Photos)
  2. Somerset (Photos)
  3. Hazard (Photos)
  4. Williamsburg (Photos)
  5. Corbin (Photos)
  6. Middlesborough (Photos)
  7. Pikeville (Photos)
  8. Monticello (Photos)
  9. Madisonville (Photos)
  10. Leitchfield

If you’re wondering, Middletown is the most liberal city in Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in Kentucky

We started by making a list of every place in Kentucky over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 76 places in Kentucky.

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 76, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in Kentucky.’

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

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1. London

London, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,090
Percent Conservative: 81.0%

2. Somerset

Somerset, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,358
Percent Conservative: 79.66%

3. Hazard

Hazard, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,415
Percent Conservative: 78.51%

4. Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,250
Percent Conservative: 78.27%

5. Corbin

Corbin, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,923
Percent Conservative: 78.27%

6. Middlesborough

Middlesborough, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,934
Percent Conservative: 75.16%

7. Pikeville

Pikeville, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,038
Percent Conservative: 74.42%

8. Monticello

Monticello, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,141
Percent Conservative: 73.36%

9. Madisonville

Madisonville, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,687
Percent Conservative: 69.21%

10. Leitchfield


Population: 6,819
Percent Conservative: 69.08%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Middletown
  2. St. Matthews
  3. Lyndon

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Kentucky

City Rank Population % Conservative
London 1 8,090 81.0%
Somerset 2 11,358 79.66%
Hazard 3 5,415 78.51%
Williamsburg 4 5,250 78.27%
Corbin 5 6,923 78.27%
Middlesborough 6 9,934 75.16%
Pikeville 7 7,038 74.42%
Monticello 8 6,141 73.36%
Madisonville 9 19,687 69.21%
Leitchfield 10 6,819 69.08%
Mayfield 11 10,101 69.01%
Wilmore 12 6,057 68.98%
Nicholasville 13 28,843 68.98%
Campbellsville 14 10,983 68.96%
Harrodsburg 15 8,380 68.62%
Union 16 5,635 68.41%
Florence 17 31,428 68.41%
La Grange 18 8,387 67.52%
Shepherdsville 19 11,695 67.04%
Mount Washington 20 13,736 67.04%
Hillview 21 7,904 67.04%
Princeton 22 6,251 66.62%
Lawrenceburg 23 11,038 66.11%
Glasgow 24 14,224 65.92%
Russellville 25 7,015 65.64%
Paducah 26 25,001 65.4%
Winchester 27 18,388 64.42%
Cynthiana 28 6,380 63.61%
Berea 29 14,454 63.41%
Richmond 30 32,574 63.41%
Shelbyville 31 14,782 63.17%
Murray 32 18,515 62.63%
Mount Sterling 33 7,078 62.43%
Danville 34 16,542 62.26%
Georgetown 35 30,968 61.63%
Franklin 36 8,643 61.4%
Oak Grove 37 7,496 61.38%
Hopkinsville 38 32,483 61.38%
Edgewood 39 8,699 61.13%
Erlanger 40 18,510 61.13%
Fort Mitchell 41 8,247 61.13%
Covington 42 40,845 61.13%
Elsmere 43 8,489 61.13%
Taylor Mill 44 6,701 61.13%
Independence 45 26,062 61.13%
Villa Hills 46 7,399 61.13%
Fort Wright 47 5,754 61.13%
Maysville 48 8,924 60.99%
Central City 49 5,918 60.93%
Bellevue 50 5,921 60.33%
Cold Spring 51 6,111 60.33%
Dayton 52 5,381 60.33%
Highland Heights 53 7,152 60.33%
Newport 54 15,428 60.33%
Alexandria 55 8,735 60.33%
Fort Thomas 56 16,326 60.33%
Bowling Green 57 61,617 60.1%
Owensboro 58 58,350 59.62%
Vine Grove 59 5,534 59.56%
Radcliff 60 22,913 59.56%
Elizabethtown 61 29,657 59.56%
Paris 62 9,831 59.22%
Versailles 63 8,985 58.54%
Flatwoods 64 7,407 58.38%
Bardstown 65 12,930 57.59%
Ashland 66 21,391 57.14%
Henderson 67 28,889 55.29%
Morehead 68 6,938 52.64%
Lebanon 69 5,620 51.93%
Frankfort 70 27,535 48.61%
Douglass Hills 71 5,592 43.71%
Shively 72 15,570 43.71%
Jeffersontown 73 26,953 43.71%
Lyndon 74 11,244 43.71%
St. Matthews 75 17,837 43.71%
Middletown 76 7,788 43.71%

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