These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Maine


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maine are probably voting for Hilary.

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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 Maine would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Maine with populations greater than 2,000 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. Calais (Photos)
  2. Bangor (Photos)
  3. Old Town (Photos)
  4. Brewer (Photos)
  5. Presque Isle (Photos)
  6. Caribou (Photos)
  7. Belfast (Photos)
  8. Auburn (Photos)
  9. Lewiston (Photos)
  10. Augusta (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Portland is the most liberal city in Maine 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 Maine.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in Maine

We started by making a list of every place in Maine over 2,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 21 places in Maine.

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 21, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in Maine.’

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

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1. Calais

Calais, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,038
Percent Conservative: 47.68%

2. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,695
Percent Conservative: 47.28%

3. Old Town

Old Town, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,726
Percent Conservative: 47.28%

4. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,341
Percent Conservative: 47.28%

5. Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,378
Percent Conservative: 44.88%

6. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,960
Percent Conservative: 44.88%

7. Belfast

Belfast, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,668
Percent Conservative: 43.01%

8. Auburn

Auburn, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,916
Percent Conservative: 42.06%

9. Lewiston

Lewiston, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,356
Percent Conservative: 42.06%

10. Augusta

Augusta, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,772
Percent Conservative: 41.76%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Portland
  2. South Portland
  3. Westbrook

For more Maine reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Maine

City Rank Population % Conservative
Calais 1 3,038 47.68%
Bangor 2 32,695 47.28%
Old Town 3 7,726 47.28%
Brewer 4 9,341 47.28%
Presque Isle 5 9,378 44.88%
Caribou 6 7,960 44.88%
Belfast 7 6,668 43.01%
Auburn 8 22,916 42.06%
Lewiston 9 36,356 42.06%
Augusta 10 18,772 41.76%
Waterville 11 15,989 41.76%
Hallowell 12 2,514 41.76%
Gardiner 13 5,697 41.76%
Saco 14 18,874 40.63%
Biddeford 15 21,289 40.63%
Bath 16 8,349 40.54%
Ellsworth 17 7,832 40.01%
Rockland 18 7,233 37.38%
Westbrook 19 17,754 35.3%
South Portland 20 25,304 35.3%
Portland 21 66,490 35.3%

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