These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Montana


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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 Montana would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Montana with populations greater than 2,000 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. Sidney (Photos)
  2. Columbus
  3. Lewistown (Photos)
  4. Shelby
  5. Glendive (Photos)
  6. Dillon
  7. Libby
  8. Columbia Falls
  9. Whitefish (Photos)
  10. Kalispell (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Cut Bank is the most liberal city in Montana 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 Montana.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in Montana

We started by making a list of every place in Montana over 2,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 32 places in Montana.

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 32, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in Montana.’

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

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1. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,216
Percent Conservative: 75.52%

2. Columbus

Columbus, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,181
Percent Conservative: 70.97%

3. Lewistown

Lewistown, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,883
Percent Conservative: 70.12%

4. Shelby

Shelby, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,272
Percent Conservative: 68.51%

5. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,284
Percent Conservative: 68.48%

6. Dillon

Dillon, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,193
Percent Conservative: 68.35%

7. Libby

Libby, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,671
Percent Conservative: 68.13%

8. Columbia Falls


Population: 4,856
Percent Conservative: 65.11%

9. Whitefish

Whitefish, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,692
Percent Conservative: 65.11%

10. Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,142
Percent Conservative: 65.11%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Cut Bank
  2. Hardin
  3. Missoula

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Montana

City Rank Population % Conservative
Sidney 1 6,216 75.52%
Columbus 2 2,181 70.97%
Lewistown 3 5,883 70.12%
Shelby 4 3,272 68.51%
Glendive 5 5,284 68.48%
Dillon 6 4,193 68.35%
Libby 7 2,671 68.13%
Columbia Falls 8 4,856 65.11%
Whitefish 9 6,692 65.11%
Kalispell 10 21,142 65.11%
Deer Lodge 11 3,056 65.03%
Hamilton 12 4,501 64.41%
Stevensville 13 2,048 64.41%
Miles City 14 8,627 62.87%
Conrad 15 2,604 61.53%
Glasgow 16 3,376 60.56%
Red Lodge 17 2,236 60.42%
Laurel 18 6,933 58.86%
Billings 19 108,134 58.86%
Colstrip 20 2,289 56.88%
Livingston 21 7,136 53.71%
Polson 22 4,643 53.63%
Great Falls 23 59,563 53.06%
Belgrade 24 7,738 50.84%
Bozeman 25 40,319 50.84%
East Helena 26 2,306 50.43%
Helena 27 29,600 50.43%
Havre 28 9,790 46.36%
Wolf Point 29 2,755 41.23%
Missoula 30 69,190 39.58%
Hardin 31 3,754 36.04%
Cut Bank 32 2,985 31.78%

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