These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Maryland For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland 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 Maryland.

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

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Maryland 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 Maryland for 2019:

  1. Cumberland (Photos)
  2. Frostburg (Photos)
  3. Elkton (Photos)
  4. Mount Airy (Photos)
  5. Hampstead (Photos)
  6. Westminster (Photos)
  7. Taneytown (Photos)
  8. Hagerstown (Photos)
  9. Ocean City (Photos)
  10. Bel Air (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Bowie is the most liberal city in Maryland 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 Maryland.

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

How we determined the most conservative cities in Maryland for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Maryland over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 40 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 40 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Cumberland, is “The Most Conservative City in Maryland For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most Conservative Places In Maryland For 2019

Cumberland, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 20,084
Percent Republican: 69.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $16.62
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.09
More on Cumberland: PhotosData

Cumberland Maryland, officially the City of Cumberland, is a western gateway city and seat of Allegany County, Maryland, United States and the primary city of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,859, and the metropolitan area had a population of 103,299. Cumberland is a regional business and commercial center for Western and the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Cumberland is commonly referred to as “Where The South Begins,” as official United States Census Bureau records place it below the Mason-Dixon line.

Frostburg, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,689
Percent Republican: 69.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.77
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Frostburg: PhotosData

Frostburg is a city in Allegany County, Maryland, United States, and is at the head of the Georges Creek Valley. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,002 at the 2010 census. Located 8 miles west of Cumberland, the town is one of the first cities on the “National Road”, US 40, and the western terminus of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Since 1973, the city has been served by what is now Interstate 68.

Elkton, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,651
Percent Republican: 63.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.42
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Elkton: PhotosData

The town of Elkton is the county seat of Cecil County, Maryland, United States. The population was 15,443 at the 2010 census. It was formerly called Head of Elk because it sits at the head of navigation on the Elk River, which flows into the nearby Chesapeake Bay.

Mount Airy, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,387
Percent Republican: 63.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $9.81
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.08
More on Mount Airy: PhotosData

Mount Airy is a town located in Carroll and Frederick counties in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and Baltimore Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,288.

Hampstead, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,331
Percent Republican: 63.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.65
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Hampstead: PhotosData

Hampstead is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.

Westminster, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,557
Percent Republican: 63.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $7.69
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Westminster: PhotosData

Westminster is a city in northern Maryland, United States. A suburb of both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., it is the seat of Carroll County. The city’s population was 18,590 at the 2010 census. Westminster is an outlying community within the Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV CSA.

Taneytown, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,762
Percent Republican: 63.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.57
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Taneytown: PhotosData

Taneytown is a town in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census. Taneytown was founded in 1754. Of the town, George Washington once wrote, “Tan-nee town is but a small place with only the Street through wch. the road passes, built on. The buildings are principally of wood.” Taneytown has a history museum that displays the history of the town for visitors and citizens to see. The Bullfrog Road Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Hagerstown, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 40,222
Percent Republican: 62.1%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $12.33
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Hagerstown: PhotosData

Hagerstown is a city in Washington County, Maryland, United States. It is the county seat of Washington County. The population of Hagerstown city proper at the 2010 census was 39,662, and the population of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metropolitan Area was 269,140. Hagerstown ranks as Maryland’s sixth largest incorporated city.

Ocean City, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,026
Percent Republican: 60.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $14.68
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Ocean City: PhotosData

Ocean City Maryland, officially the Town of Ocean City, is an Atlantic resort town in Worcester County, Maryland. Ocean City is widely known in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and is a frequent destination for vacationers in that area. The population was 7,102 at the 2010 U.S. Census, although during summer weekends the city hosts between 320,000 and 345,000 vacationers, and up to 8 million visitors annually. During the summer, Ocean City becomes the second most populated municipality in Maryland, after Baltimore. It is part of the Salisbury metropolitan area.

Bel Air, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,139
Percent Republican: 58.2%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $9.91
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Bel Air: PhotosData

The town of Bel Air is the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. According to the 2010 United States Census the population of the town was 10,120.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in Maryland

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

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

  1. Bowie
  2. Laurel
  3. Riverdale Park

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In Maryland

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Cumberland, MD 20,084 69.4%
2 Frostburg, MD 8,689 69.4%
3 Elkton, MD 15,651 63.8%
4 Mount Airy, MD 9,387 63.4%
5 Hampstead, MD 6,331 63.4%
6 Westminster, MD 18,557 63.4%
7 Taneytown, MD 6,762 63.4%
8 Hagerstown, MD 40,222 62.1%
9 Ocean City, MD 7,026 60.9%
10 Bel Air, MD 10,139 58.2%
11 Havre De Grace, MD 13,511 58.2%
12 Aberdeen, MD 15,523 58.2%
13 Cambridge, MD 12,484 55.3%
14 Chesapeake Beach, MD 5,930 55.2%
15 Easton, MD 16,606 52.2%
16 Fruitland, MD 5,172 52.2%
17 Salisbury, MD 32,368 52.2%
18 Thurmont, MD 6,496 47.4%
19 Frederick, MD 69,330 47.4%
20 Walkersville, MD 6,048 47.4%
21 Brunswick, MD 6,134 47.4%
22 Annapolis, MD 39,151 45.3%
23 La Plata, MD 9,160 32.7%
24 Rockville, MD 66,420 19.4%
25 Takoma Park, MD 17,643 19.4%
26 Poolesville, MD 5,163 19.4%
27 Gaithersburg, MD 67,417 19.4%
28 Baltimore, MD 619,796 10.5%
29 College Park, MD 32,186 8.4%
30 Greenbelt, MD 23,289 8.4%
31 Mount Rainier, MD 8,097 8.4%
32 New Carrollton, MD 12,932 8.4%
33 Cheverly, MD 6,453 8.4%
34 Hyattsville, MD 18,225 8.4%
35 Bladensburg, MD 9,374 8.4%
36 District Heights, MD 5,989 8.4%
37 Glenarden, MD 6,128 8.4%
38 Riverdale Park, MD 7,248 8.4%
39 Laurel, MD 25,913 8.4%
40 Bowie, MD 58,290 8.4%

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