These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In New Hampshire


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

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in New Hampshire 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. Laconia (Photos)
  2. Portsmouth (Photos)
  3. Nashua (Photos)
  4. Manchester (Photos)
  5. Franklin (Photos)
  6. Concord (Photos)
  7. Claremont (Photos)
  8. Somersworth
  9. Rochester
  10. Dover

If you’re wondering, Keene is the most liberal city in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in New Hampshire

We started by making a list of every place in New Hampshire over 2,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 13 places in New Hampshire.

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 13, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in New Hampshire.’

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

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1. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,075
Percent Conservative: 51.85%

2. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,426
Percent Conservative: 51.59%

3. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,110
Percent Conservative: 48.62%

4. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,139
Percent Conservative: 48.62%

5. Franklin

Franklin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,460
Percent Conservative: 42.88%

6. Concord

Concord, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,537
Percent Conservative: 42.88%

7. Claremont

Claremont, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,076
Percent Conservative: 42.45%

8. Somersworth

Somersworth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,778
Percent Conservative: 41.78%

9. Rochester

Rochester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,954
Percent Conservative: 41.78%

10. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,534
Percent Conservative: 41.78%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Keene
  2. Lebanon
  3. Berlin

For more New Hampshire reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In New Hampshire

City Rank Population % Conservative
Laconia 1 16,075 51.85%
Portsmouth 2 21,426 51.59%
Nashua 3 87,110 48.62%
Manchester 4 110,139 48.62%
Franklin 5 8,460 42.88%
Concord 6 42,537 42.88%
Claremont 7 13,076 42.45%
Somersworth 8 11,778 41.78%
Rochester 9 29,954 41.78%
Dover 10 30,534 41.78%
Berlin 11 9,580 40.4%
Lebanon 12 13,535 37.15%
Keene 13 23,403 36.64%

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