These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Minnesota


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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 Minnesota would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Minnesota 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. Little Falls (Photos)
  2. Fairmont (Photos)
  3. Big Lake (Photos)
  4. Zimmerman
  5. Elk River (Photos)
  6. St. Michael (Photos)
  7. Otsego
  8. Monticello (Photos)
  9. Delano (Photos)
  10. Albertville (Photos)

If you’re wondering, North St. Paul is the most liberal city in Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in Minnesota

We started by making a list of every place in Minnesota over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 143 places in Minnesota.

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 143, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in Minnesota.’

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

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1. Little Falls

Little Falls, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,721
Percent Conservative: 60.78%

2. Fairmont

Fairmont, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,387
Percent Conservative: 60.7%

3. Big Lake

Big Lake, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,285
Percent Conservative: 59.88%

4. Zimmerman


Population: 5,280
Percent Conservative: 59.88%

5. Elk River

Elk River, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,563
Percent Conservative: 59.88%

6. St. Michael

St. Michael, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,911
Percent Conservative: 59.67%

7. Otsego


Population: 14,634
Percent Conservative: 59.67%

8. Monticello

Monticello, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,065
Percent Conservative: 59.67%

9. Delano

Delano, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,671
Percent Conservative: 59.67%

10. Albertville

Albertville, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,226
Percent Conservative: 59.67%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. North St. Paul
  2. Arden Hills
  3. Roseville

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Minnesota

City Rank Population % Conservative
Little Falls 1 8,721 60.78%
Fairmont 2 10,387 60.7%
Big Lake 3 10,285 59.88%
Zimmerman 4 5,280 59.88%
Elk River 5 23,563 59.88%
St. Michael 6 16,911 59.67%
Otsego 7 14,634 59.67%
Monticello 8 13,065 59.67%
Delano 9 5,671 59.67%
Albertville 10 7,226 59.67%
Buffalo 11 15,825 59.67%
Glencoe 12 5,557 59.66%
Hutchinson 13 13,941 59.66%
Fergus Falls 14 13,266 59.55%
Chaska 15 24,524 58.9%
Victoria 16 8,103 58.9%
Waconia 17 11,494 58.9%
Chanhassen 18 24,437 58.9%
Redwood Falls 19 5,128 58.67%
Isanti 20 5,415 57.75%
Cambridge 21 8,300 57.75%
New Ulm 22 13,287 56.99%
Alexandria 23 11,614 56.72%
Litchfield 24 6,691 56.6%
New Prague 25 7,500 56.28%
Savage 26 28,713 56.28%
Jordan 27 5,900 56.28%
Prior Lake 28 24,402 56.28%
Belle Plaine 29 6,838 56.28%
Shakopee 30 39,137 56.28%
Detroit Lakes 31 8,897 56.18%
Brainerd 32 13,462 55.6%
Baxter 33 7,768 55.6%
Sauk Rapids 34 13,196 55.3%
North Branch 35 10,104 55.12%
Wyoming 36 7,755 55.12%
St. Joseph 37 6,749 54.81%
Sartell 38 16,274 54.81%
St. Cloud 39 66,298 54.81%
Waite Park 40 7,429 54.81%
Worthington 41 12,990 53.77%
Kasson 42 6,049 53.47%
Marshall 43 13,608 53.23%
Waseca 44 9,324 52.49%
Willmar 45 19,685 52.36%
Crookston 46 7,847 51.83%
East Grand Forks 47 8,611 51.83%
Owatonna 48 25,552 51.78%
Lake City 49 5,111 51.42%
Thief River Falls 50 8,711 50.71%
Red Wing 51 16,484 50.33%
Columbia Heights 52 19,632 50.11%
Anoka 53 17,244 50.11%
Lino Lakes 54 20,819 50.11%
Andover 55 31,553 50.11%
Ramsey 56 24,846 50.11%
Fridley 57 27,592 50.11%
Ham Lake 58 15,714 50.11%
Blaine 59 60,224 50.11%
St. Francis 60 7,340 50.11%
East Bethel 61 11,625 50.11%
Spring Lake Park 62 6,504 50.11%
Coon Rapids 63 61,946 50.11%
Oak Grove 64 8,215 50.11%
Morris 65 5,349 48.94%
Cottage Grove 66 35,405 48.64%
Oakdale 67 27,850 48.64%
St. Paul Park 68 5,341 48.64%
Forest Lake 69 19,170 48.64%
Stillwater 70 18,677 48.64%
Mahtomedi 71 7,999 48.64%
Hugo 72 14,053 48.64%
Lake Elmo 73 8,199 48.64%
Woodbury 74 65,667 48.64%
Montevideo 75 5,240 47.85%
Apple Valley 76 50,309 47.45%
Farmington 77 22,159 47.45%
South St. Paul 78 20,413 47.45%
Eagan 79 65,424 47.45%
West St. Paul 80 19,709 47.45%
Mendota Heights 81 11,172 47.45%
Hastings 82 22,423 47.45%
Lakeville 83 58,592 47.45%
Rosemount 84 22,741 47.45%
Burnsville 85 61,255 47.45%
Inver Grove Heights 86 34,417 47.45%
Byron 87 5,105 47.03%
Stewartville 88 6,006 47.03%
Rochester 89 110,275 47.03%
St. Peter 90 11,492 44.75%
North Mankato 91 13,438 44.75%
Moorhead 92 40,935 44.73%
Faribault 93 23,509 44.58%
Northfield 94 20,309 44.58%
International Falls 95 6,270 43.99%
Grand Rapids 96 10,996 43.9%
Bemidji 97 14,417 43.7%
Mankato 98 40,557 43.52%
Winona 99 27,437 42.16%
Albert Lea 100 17,843 41.72%

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