These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Michigan


We used science and data to determine which cities in Michigan 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 Michigan would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Michigan 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. Hudsonville
  2. Zeeland (Photos)
  3. Holland (Photos)
  4. Grand Haven (Photos)
  5. Hillsdale
  6. Howell (Photos)
  7. Brighton (Photos)
  8. Iron Mountain (Photos)
  9. Kingsford (Photos)
  10. Allegan (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Detroit is the most liberal city in Michigan 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 Michigan.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in Michigan

We started by making a list of every place in Michigan over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 149 places in Michigan.

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 149, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in Michigan.’

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

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1. Hudsonville


Population: 7,271
Percent Conservative: 66.64%

2. Zeeland

Zeeland, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,591
Percent Conservative: 66.64%

3. Holland

Holland, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,526
Percent Conservative: 66.64%

4. Grand Haven

Grand Haven, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,819
Percent Conservative: 66.64%

5. Hillsdale


Population: 8,203
Percent Conservative: 61.4%

6. Howell

Howell, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,502
Percent Conservative: 61.1%

7. Brighton

Brighton, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,555
Percent Conservative: 61.1%

8. Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,571
Percent Conservative: 60.02%

9. Kingsford

Kingsford, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,104
Percent Conservative: 60.02%

10. Allegan

Allegan, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,036
Percent Conservative: 59.15%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Detroit
  2. Flat Rock
  3. Dearborn Heights

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Michigan

City Rank Population % Conservative
Hudsonville 1 7,271 66.64%
Zeeland 2 5,591 66.64%
Holland 3 33,526 66.64%
Grand Haven 4 10,819 66.64%
Hillsdale 5 8,203 61.4%
Howell 6 9,502 61.1%
Brighton 7 7,555 61.1%
Iron Mountain 8 7,571 60.02%
Kingsford 9 5,104 60.02%
Allegan 10 5,036 59.15%
Coldwater 11 10,866 58.52%
Hastings 12 7,304 58.41%
Petoskey 13 5,725 57.9%
Midland 14 41,995 57.29%
Cadillac 15 10,327 56.89%
Dowagiac 16 5,866 56.29%
Three Rivers 17 7,787 55.6%
Sturgis 18 10,916 55.6%
Belding 19 5,771 55.57%
Ionia 20 11,384 55.57%
Traverse City 21 15,168 55.28%
Lapeer 22 8,790 55.05%
Big Rapids 23 10,532 54.25%
Houghton 24 7,942 53.63%
Greenville 25 8,443 53.56%
Rockford 26 5,956 53.22%
East Grand Rapids 27 11,128 53.22%
Grand Rapids 28 192,416 53.22%
Kentwood 29 50,286 53.22%
Grandville 30 15,739 53.22%
Walker 31 24,242 53.22%
Wyoming 32 74,105 53.22%
Sault Ste. Marie 33 14,048 53.19%
Marysville 34 9,797 52.94%
Port Huron 35 29,508 52.94%
St. Clair 36 5,394 52.94%
Escanaba 37 12,468 52.82%
Niles 38 11,450 52.7%
St. Joseph 39 8,311 52.7%
Benton Harbor 40 10,014 52.7%
St. Johns 41 7,954 52.63%
Jackson 42 33,255 52.27%
Alpena 43 10,273 52.08%
Ludington 44 8,055 51.9%
St. Louis 45 7,355 51.39%
Alma 46 9,264 51.39%
Menominee 47 8,456 50.94%
Adrian 48 20,878 49.98%
Tecumseh 49 8,393 49.98%
Monroe 50 20,335 48.86%
Springfield 51 5,216 48.58%
Albion 52 8,316 48.58%
Marshall 53 7,038 48.58%
Battle Creek 54 51,830 48.58%
Charlotte 55 9,057 47.82%
Grand Ledge 56 7,792 47.82%
Eaton Rapids 57 5,221 47.82%
Richmond 58 5,825 47.49%
St. Clair Shores 59 59,888 47.49%
Sterling Heights 60 131,139 47.49%
Warren 61 134,857 47.49%
Roseville 62 47,529 47.49%
Fraser 63 14,582 47.49%
Eastpointe 64 32,585 47.49%
Center Line 65 8,306 47.49%
Mount Clemens 66 16,381 47.49%
New Baltimore 67 12,212 47.49%
Owosso 68 14,826 47.4%
Bay City 69 34,402 46.67%
Manistee 70 6,136 46.26%
Troy 71 82,542 45.51%
Hazel Park 72 16,600 45.51%
Ferndale 73 20,160 45.51%
Birmingham 74 20,489 45.51%
Auburn Hills 75 22,085 45.51%
Farmington Hills 76 80,971 45.51%
Madison Heights 77 30,123 45.51%
Berkley 78 15,178 45.51%
Wixom 79 13,690 45.51%
Clawson 80 11,988 45.51%
Farmington 81 10,509 45.51%
Pontiac 82 59,928 45.51%
Oak Park 83 29,727 45.51%
Walled Lake 84 7,091 45.51%
Beverly Hills 85 10,403 45.51%
Rochester 86 12,909 45.51%
Royal Oak 87 58,689 45.51%
Rochester Hills 88 72,643 45.51%
Milford 89 6,390 45.51%
Southfield 90 72,859 45.51%
Holly 91 6,171 45.51%
Novi 92 57,577 45.51%
Northville 93 5,990 45.51%
South Lyon 94 11,616 45.51%
Huntington Woods 95 6,333 45.51%
Ironwood 96 5,153 45.46%
Mount Pleasant 97 26,134 44.78%
Saginaw 98 50,288 43.56%
Portage 99 47,496 42.75%
Kalamazoo 100 75,499 42.75%

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