These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Maine For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most conservative places to live in Maine.

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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 Maine would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.

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 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 Maine for 2019:

  1. Caribou (Photos)
  2. Presque Isle (Photos)
  3. Old Town (Photos)
  4. Bangor (Photos)
  5. Brewer (Photos)
  6. Lewiston (Photos)
  7. Auburn (Photos)
  8. Waterville (Photos)
  9. Gardiner (Photos)
  10. Augusta (Photos)

If you’re wondering, South 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.

And if you already knew these places were conservative, check out some more reading about Maine and the most conservative places in the country:

How we determined the most conservative cities in Maine for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Maine over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 19 cities and towns.

We then measured the voting record and donation data to determine which places lean the most rightward in their allegiances by:

  1. Percentage Of Registered Republicans
  2. # Of Contributions To Republicans Per Capita
  3. $ Amount Contributed To Republicans Per Capita

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 19 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Caribou, is “The Most Conservative City in Maine For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most Conservative Places In Maine For 2019

Caribou, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,827
Percent Republican: 55.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.17
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Caribou: PhotosData

Caribou is the second largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. Its population was 8,189 at the 2010 census.

Presque Isle, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,246
Percent Republican: 55.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.84
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Presque Isle: PhotosData

Presque Isle is the commercial center and largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,171 in 2015 as estimated by the US Census, a decrease from the count of 9,692 in the 2010 Census. The city is home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College, Husson University Presque Isle, Northern Maine Fairgrounds, The Aroostook Centre Mall, and the Northern Maine Regional Airport.

Old Town, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,594
Percent Republican: 51.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $37.46
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Old Town: PhotosData

Old Town is a city in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,840 at the 2010 census. The city’s developed area is chiefly located on relatively large Marsh Island, though its boundaries extend beyond that. The island is surrounded and defined by the Penobscot River to the east, and the Stillwater River to the west.

Bangor, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 32,237
Percent Republican: 51.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $10.2
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Bangor: PhotosData

Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746. Bangor is known as the “Queen City” of Maine.

Brewer, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,167
Percent Republican: 51.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $8.52
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Brewer: PhotosData

Lewiston, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 36,211
Percent Republican: 50.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $0.88
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Lewiston: PhotosData

Lewiston is the second largest city in Maine and the most central city in Androscoggin County. The city borders the coastal sideways of the Gulf of Maine and is south of Augusta, the state’s capital and north of Portland, the cultural hub of Maine. It is one-half of the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Statistical Area, commonly referred to as “L.A.” or “L-A.” Lewiston exerts a significant impact upon the diversity, religious variety, commerce, education, and economic power of Maine. It is known for a relatively low cost of living, substantial access to medical care, and an extremely low violent crime rate. While the dominant language spoken in the city is English, it is home to the largest French-speaking population in the United States while it is second to St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, in percentage of speakers.

Auburn, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,941
Percent Republican: 50.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.1
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Auburn: PhotosData

Auburn is a city in and the county seat of Androscoggin County, Maine, United States. The population was 23,055 at the 2010 census. Auburn and Lewiston are known locally as the Twin Cities or Lewiston-Auburn.

Waterville, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,374
Percent Republican: 47.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $5.01
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Waterville: PhotosData

Waterville is a city in Kennebec County of the U.S. state of Maine, United States, on the west bank of the Kennebec River. Home to Colby College and Thomas College, the population was 15,722 at the 2010 census. Waterville is also the latter of the cities which make up the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Gardiner, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,672
Percent Republican: 47.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.69
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Gardiner: PhotosData

Gardiner is a city in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census. Popular with tourists, Gardiner is noted for its culture and old architecture. Gardiner is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.

Augusta, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,626
Percent Republican: 47.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.23
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Augusta: PhotosData

Augusta is the capital of the U.S. state of Maine and the county seat of Kennebec County.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in Maine

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

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

  1. South Portland
  2. Westbrook
  3. Portland

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In Maine

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Caribou, ME 7,827 55.3%
2 Presque Isle, ME 9,246 55.3%
3 Old Town, ME 7,594 51.7%
4 Bangor, ME 32,237 51.7%
5 Brewer, ME 9,167 51.7%
6 Lewiston, ME 36,211 50.8%
7 Auburn, ME 22,941 50.8%
8 Waterville, ME 16,374 47.8%
9 Gardiner, ME 5,672 47.8%
10 Augusta, ME 18,626 47.8%
11 Belfast, ME 6,680 45.7%
12 Saco, ME 19,127 44.1%
13 Biddeford, ME 21,413 44.1%
14 Bath, ME 8,314 43.0%
15 Ellsworth, ME 7,916 42.7%
16 Rockland, ME 7,204 39.5%
17 Portland, ME 66,715 33.6%
18 Westbrook, ME 18,156 33.6%
19 South Portland, ME 25,431 33.6%

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