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 Kentucky would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.
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 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 Kentucky for 2019:
- London (Photos)
- Williamsburg (Photos)
- Corbin (Photos)
- Somerset (Photos)
- Pikeville (Photos)
- Middlesborough (Photos)
- Monticello (Photos)
- Leitchfield (Photos)
- Hazard (Photos)
- Mayfield (Photos)
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.
And if you already knew these places were conservative, check out some more reading about Kentucky and the most conservative places in the country:
How we determined the most conservative cities in Kentucky for 2019
We started by making a list of every city in Kentucky over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 77 cities and towns.
We then measured the voting record and donation data to determine which places lean the most rightward in their allegiances by:
- Percentage Of Registered Republicans
- # Of Contributions To Republicans Per Capita
- $ Amount Contributed To Republicans Per Capita
Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 77 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.
The winner, London, is “The Most Conservative City in Kentucky For 2019”.
Let’s go through these conservative places, shall we?
The 10 Most Conservative Places In Kentucky For 2019
London is a home rule-class city in Laurel County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 7,993 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census. London, Kentucky, is the second-largest city named London in the United States and the fourth-largest in the world. It is part of the London, Kentucky micropolitan area. Of the seventeen micropolitan areas in Kentucky, London is the largest; the London micropolitan area’s 2010 Census population was 126,369. London is also home to the annual World Chicken Festival that celebrates the life of Colonel Sanders and features the world’s largest skillet.
Williamsburg is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Whitley County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,245 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1818 and named after William Whitley. The Cumberland River flows through the city.
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. The urbanized area around Corbin extends into Laurel County; this area is not incorporated into the city limits due to a state law prohibiting cities from being in more than two counties. However, this area is served by some of the city’s public services. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,304, with 21,132 living in the “urban cluster” that includes Corbin and North Corbin.
Somerset is a home rule-class city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States. The city population was 11,196 according to the 2010 census.
Pikeville is a city in and the county seat of Pike County, Kentucky, United States. During the 2010 U.S. Census, the population within Pikeville’s city limits was 6,903. In Kentucky’s current city classification system, Pikeville is a home rule-class city, a category that includes all of the state’s more than 400 cities except for the two largest, Louisville and Lexington.
Middlesboro is a home rule-class city in Bell County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 10,334 at the 2010 U.S. census, while its micropolitan area had a population of 69,060.
Leitchfield is the county seat of Grayson County, Kentucky, United States. Leitchfield is a home rule-class city with a population of 6,699 as of the 2010 census.
Hazard is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Perry County, Kentucky, United States. The population was estimated to be 5,346 in 2014.
Mayfield is a home rule-class city in Graves County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 10,024 as of the 2010 U.S. census.
Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in Kentucky
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 least conservative cities in Kentucky:
For more Kentucky reading, check out:
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- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Kentucky
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kentucky
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Kentucky
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- 10 Worst Places To Live In Kentucky