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 Michigan would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.
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 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.
If you’re wondering, Ann Arbor 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.
And if you already knew these places were conservative, check out some more reading about Michigan and the most conservative places in the country:
How we determined the most conservative cities in Michigan for 2019
We started by making a list of every city in Michigan over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 149 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 149 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.
The winner, Hillsdale, is “The Most Conservative City in Michigan For 2019”.
Let’s go through these conservative places, shall we?
The 10 Most Conservative Places In Michigan For 2019
Hillsdale is a city in the state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,305. It is the county seat of Hillsdale County. The city is the home of Hillsdale College, a private liberal arts college noted for its academics and its influence in politics and education.
Coldwater is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,945. It is the county seat of Branch County, located in the center of the southern border of Michigan.
Lapeer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Lapeer County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,841. Most of the city was incorporated from land that was formerly in Lapeer Township, though portions were also annexed from Mayfield Township and Elba Township. The city government is politically independent of all three townships. Lapeer is in southern Michigan, east of Flint, on the Flint River. The name “Lapeer” is a corruption of the French la pierre, which means “the flint”.
Cadillac is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Wexford County. The population was 10,355 at the 2010 census. The city is situated at the junction of US 131, M-55 and M-115. The geographic center of Michigan is approximately five miles north-northwest of Cadillac.
Greenville is a city in Montcalm County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,481 at the 2010 census.
Dowagiac is a city in Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,879 at the 2010 census. It is part of the South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Hastings is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the county seat of Barry County as well as the county’s only city. The population was 7,350 at the 2010 census. The city borders Hastings Charter Township on the north, east, and south, and Rutland Charter Township on the west.
Port Huron is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of St. Clair County. The population was 30,184 at the 2010 census. The city is adjacent to Port Huron Township but is administratively autonomous. Located along the St. Clair River, it is connected to Point Edward, Ontario in Canada via the Blue Water Bridge. The city lies at the southern end of Lake Huron and is the easternmost point on land in Michigan. Port Huron is home to two paper mills; Mueller Brass; and many businesses related to tourism and the automotive industry. The city features a historic downtown area, boardwalk, marina, museum, lighthouse, and the McMorran Place arena and entertainment complex.
Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in Michigan
Well there you have it, the places in Michigan that have the highest number of conservatives per capita, with Hillsdale ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.
If you’re curious, here are the least conservative cities in Michigan:
- Ann Arbor
For more Michigan reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Michigan
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Michigan
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Michigan
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Michigan
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan
- 10 Safest Places In Michigan
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan