These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Michigan For 2019


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

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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 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.

Here are the 10 most conservative places in Michigan for 2019:

  1. Hillsdale (Photos)
  2. Coldwater (Photos)
  3. Lapeer (Photos)
  4. Cadillac (Photos)
  5. Kingsford (Photos)
  6. Iron Mountain (Photos)
  7. Greenville (Photos)
  8. Dowagiac (Photos)
  9. Hastings (Photos)
  10. Port Huron (Photos)

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:

  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 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, MI

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 8,170
Percent Republican: 70.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $11.64
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.07
More on Hillsdale: PhotosData

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, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,819
Percent Republican: 66.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.44
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Coldwater: PhotosData

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, MI

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 8,769
Percent Republican: 66.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.79
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Lapeer: PhotosData

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, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,375
Percent Republican: 65.1%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.5
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Cadillac: PhotosData

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.

Kingsford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,044
Percent Republican: 64.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.33
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Kingsford: PhotosData

Iron Mountain, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,450
Percent Republican: 64.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $9.93
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Iron Mountain: PhotosData

Greenville, MI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,385
Percent Republican: 63.2%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.91
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Greenville: PhotosData

Greenville is a city in Montcalm County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,481 at the 2010 census.

Dowagiac, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,812
Percent Republican: 63.0%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $21.66
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Dowagiac: PhotosData

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, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,289
Percent Republican: 62.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $14.42
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Hastings: PhotosData

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, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 29,285
Percent Republican: 62.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $4.82
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Port Huron: PhotosData

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:

  1. Ann Arbor
  2. Ypsilanti
  3. Chelsea

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In Michigan

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Hillsdale, MI 8,170 70.7%
2 Coldwater, MI 10,819 66.7%
3 Lapeer, MI 8,769 66.5%
4 Cadillac, MI 10,375 65.1%
5 Kingsford, MI 5,044 64.8%
6 Iron Mountain, MI 7,450 64.8%
7 Greenville, MI 8,385 63.2%
8 Dowagiac, MI 5,812 63.0%
9 Hastings, MI 7,289 62.9%
10 Port Huron, MI 29,285 62.9%
11 St. Clair, MI 5,375 62.9%
12 Marysville, MI 9,760 62.9%
13 Sturgis, MI 10,861 62.1%
14 Three Rivers, MI 7,726 62.1%
15 Menominee, MI 8,298 61.9%
16 Howell, MI 9,514 61.7%
17 Brighton, MI 7,567 61.7%
18 Alpena, MI 10,123 61.6%
19 Ionia, MI 11,253 61.5%
20 Hudsonville, MI 7,335 61.5%
21 Zeeland, MI 5,584 61.5%
22 Grand Haven, MI 10,929 61.5%
23 Belding, MI 5,730 61.5%
24 Holland, MI 33,488 61.5%
25 Allegan, MI 5,027 60.9%
26 Alma, MI 9,108 60.0%
27 St. Louis, MI 7,261 60.0%
28 Escanaba, MI 12,364 59.8%
29 Big Rapids, MI 10,413 59.7%
30 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 13,798 58.7%
31 Monroe, MI 20,128 57.9%
32 Ludington, MI 8,047 57.5%
33 Tecumseh, MI 8,351 57.1%
34 Adrian, MI 20,743 57.1%
35 Jackson, MI 32,875 56.7%
36 Owosso, MI 14,641 56.4%
37 Petoskey, MI 5,696 55.9%
38 Midland, MI 41,958 55.7%
39 Manistee, MI 6,079 54.6%
40 Ironwood, MI 5,051 54.4%
41 Houghton, MI 7,882 53.8%
42 St. Joseph, MI 8,301 53.7%
43 Benton Harbor, MI 9,944 53.7%
44 Niles, MI 11,332 53.7%
45 Warren, MI 135,147 53.6%
46 Center Line, MI 8,299 53.6%
47 Richmond, MI 5,871 53.6%
48 Fraser, MI 14,616 53.6%
49 Eastpointe, MI 32,601 53.6%
50 Sterling Heights, MI 131,996 53.6%
51 St. Clair Shores, MI 59,865 53.6%
52 Mount Clemens, MI 16,383 53.6%
53 Roseville, MI 47,617 53.6%
54 New Baltimore, MI 12,315 53.6%
55 Springfield, MI 5,203 53.5%
56 Albion, MI 8,263 53.5%
57 Marshall, MI 7,016 53.5%
58 Battle Creek, MI 51,505 53.5%
59 Bay City, MI 33,736 53.2%
60 St. Johns, MI 7,894 52.9%
61 Traverse City, MI 15,550 52.7%
62 Charlotte, MI 9,062 48.8%
63 Eaton Rapids, MI 5,191 48.8%
64 Grand Ledge, MI 7,799 48.8%
65 Mount Pleasant, MI 25,711 48.3%
66 Saginaw, MI 49,366 48.0%
67 Frankenmuth, MI 5,038 48.0%
68 Kentwood, MI 51,154 47.7%
69 Grandville, MI 15,902 47.7%
70 Wyoming, MI 75,124 47.7%
71 Rockford, MI 6,132 47.7%
72 Walker, MI 24,618 47.7%
73 Grand Rapids, MI 195,355 47.7%
74 East Grand Rapids, MI 11,493 47.7%
75 Muskegon, MI 38,189 45.9%
76 Muskegon Heights, MI 10,743 45.9%
77 Norton Shores, MI 24,234 45.9%
78 Ishpeming, MI 6,484 44.1%
79 Marquette, MI 21,081 44.1%
80 Huntington Woods, MI 6,347 43.2%
81 South Lyon, MI 11,695 43.2%
82 Rochester, MI 12,987 43.2%
83 Madison Heights, MI 30,173 43.2%
84 Milford, MI 6,449 43.2%
85 Wixom, MI 13,777 43.2%
86 Farmington, MI 10,560 43.2%
87 Ferndale, MI 20,159 43.2%
88 Clawson, MI 12,006 43.2%
89 Royal Oak, MI 58,973 43.2%
90 Oak Park, MI 29,824 43.2%
91 Walled Lake, MI 7,174 43.2%
92 Auburn Hills, MI 22,644 43.2%
93 Hazel Park, MI 16,587 43.2%
94 Berkley, MI 15,269 43.2%
95 Birmingham, MI 20,836 43.2%
96 Pontiac, MI 60,039 43.2%
97 Beverly Hills, MI 10,424 43.2%
98 Novi, MI 58,835 43.2%
99 Southfield, MI 73,228 43.2%
100 Rochester Hills, MI 73,458 43.2%