These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In North Carolina For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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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 North Carolina would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in North Carolina 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 North Carolina for 2019:

  1. Trinity
  2. Archdale
  3. Asheboro (Photos)
  4. King (Photos)
  5. Mount Airy (Photos)
  6. Albemarle (Photos)
  7. Marion (Photos)
  8. Lenoir (Photos)
  9. Sawmills
  10. Lexington (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Durham is the most liberal city in North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

And if you already knew these places were conservative, check out some more reading about North Carolina and the most conservative places in the country:

How we determined the most conservative cities in North Carolina for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in North Carolina over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 132 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 132 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Trinity, is “The Most Conservative City in North Carolina For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most Conservative Places In North Carolina For 2019

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Population: 6,610
Percent Republican: 76.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $17.56
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.07
More on Trinity: Data

Trinity is a city in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,614 at the 2010 census.

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Population: 11,509
Percent Republican: 76.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $11.43
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Archdale: Data

Archdale is a city in Guilford and Randolph counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 11,415 at the 2010 census, up from 9,014 at the 2000 census.

Asheboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 25,863
Percent Republican: 76.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $15.1
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Asheboro: PhotosData

King, NC

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,763
Percent Republican: 75.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $6.66
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on King: PhotosData

King is a city in Stokes and Forsyth counties, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,904 at the 2010 census.

Mount Airy, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 10,198
Percent Republican: 73.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $14.67
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.05
More on Mount Airy: PhotosData

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,388. The town is widely known as the home of actor Andy Griffith and the inspiration for the fictional town of Mayberry on his eponymous show.

Albemarle, NC

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 15,874
Percent Republican: 73.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $13.22
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Albemarle: PhotosData

Albemarle is a small city and the county seat of Stanly County, North Carolina. The population was 15,903 in the 2010 Census. Gerald R. “Ronnie” Michael serves as Mayor and Albemarle has seven-member City Council elected in a combination of at-large and district seats. Albemarle has operated under the Council-Manager form of government since 1962. Michael Ferris has served as City Manager since December of 2014 and previously served as Assistant City Manager for nearly two decades. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council, and is responsible for the day to day administration of City government. The City-s Department Heads report directly to the City Manager, who is also responsible for development and administration of the City-s annual budget.

Marion, NC

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,752
Percent Republican: 73.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $10.31
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.07
More on Marion: PhotosData

Marion is a city in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of McDowell County. Founded in 1844, the city was named in honor of Brigadier General Francis Marion, the American Revolutionary War Hero whose talent in guerrilla warfare earned him the name -Swamp Fox-. Marion’s Main Street Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population was 7,838 at the 2010 Census.

Lenoir, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 17,890
Percent Republican: 73.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $7.52
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Lenoir: PhotosData

Lenoir is a city in Caldwell County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 18,228 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Caldwell County. Lenoir is located in the Blue Ridge foothills. To the northeast are the Brushy Mountains, a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hibriten Mountain, located just east of the city limits, marks the western end of the Brushy Mountains range.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,161
Percent Republican: 73.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $12.47
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Sawmills: Data

Lexington, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,916
Percent Republican: 72.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $19.73
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Lexington: PhotosData

Lexington is the county seat of Davidson County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 18,931. It is located in central North Carolina, 20 miles south of Winston-Salem. Major highways include I-85, I-85B, U.S. Route 29, U.S. Route 70, U.S. Route 52 and U.S. Route 64. Lexington is part of the Piedmont Triad region of the state.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in North Carolina

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

If you’re curious, here are the least conservative cities in North Carolina:

  1. Durham
  2. Hillsborough
  3. Carrboro

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In North Carolina

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Trinity, NC 6,610 76.5%
2 Archdale, NC 11,509 76.5%
3 Asheboro, NC 25,863 76.5%
4 King, NC 6,763 75.9%
5 Mount Airy, NC 10,198 73.5%
6 Albemarle, NC 15,874 73.4%
7 Marion, NC 7,752 73.3%
8 Lenoir, NC 17,890 73.3%
9 Sawmills, NC 5,161 73.3%
10 Lexington, NC 18,916 72.6%
11 Thomasville, NC 26,901 72.6%
12 Forest City, NC 7,250 72.2%
13 Lincolnton, NC 10,574 72.0%
14 Mocksville, NC 5,130 71.7%
15 Morehead City, NC 9,200 70.3%
16 Morganton, NC 16,478 67.4%
17 Hickory, NC 40,157 66.8%
18 Newton, NC 12,991 66.8%
19 Conover, NC 8,288 66.8%
20 Long View, NC 5,013 66.8%
21 Salisbury, NC 33,561 66.5%
22 Statesville, NC 25,872 66.3%
23 Mooresville, NC 36,577 66.3%
24 Jacksonville, NC 73,661 65.0%
25 Belmont, NC 11,373 64.1%
26 Bessemer City, NC 5,411 64.1%
27 Cherryville, NC 5,854 64.1%
28 Mount Holly, NC 14,948 64.1%
29 Gastonia, NC 74,381 64.1%
30 Shelby, NC 20,058 63.7%
31 Kings Mountain, NC 10,929 63.7%
32 Eden, NC 15,235 63.5%
33 Reidsville, NC 13,933 63.5%
34 Clayton, NC 19,306 63.3%
35 Smithfield, NC 11,824 63.3%
36 Selma, NC 6,375 63.3%
37 Unionville, NC 6,497 63.1%
38 Weddington, NC 10,388 63.1%
39 Monroe, NC 34,368 63.1%
40 Indian Trail, NC 37,191 63.1%
41 Waxhaw, NC 13,343 63.1%
42 Wesley Chapel, NC 8,447 63.1%
43 Stallings, NC 14,970 63.1%
44 Marvin, NC 6,174 63.1%
45 Southern Pines, NC 13,426 62.6%
46 Aberdeen, NC 7,265 62.6%
47 Pinehurst, NC 15,580 62.6%
48 Oak Island, NC 7,400 62.5%
49 Leland, NC 18,023 62.5%
50 Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 5,777 62.5%
51 Mills River, NC 7,079 61.6%
52 Hendersonville, NC 13,620 61.6%
53 Waynesville, NC 9,804 61.6%
54 Fletcher, NC 7,737 61.6%
55 Washington, NC 9,721 60.8%
56 Whiteville, NC 5,487 60.1%
57 Dunn, NC 9,657 59.9%
58 Angier, NC 5,151 59.9%
59 New Bern, NC 29,664 59.0%
60 Havelock, NC 20,404 59.0%
61 Brevard, NC 7,759 58.9%
62 Kill Devil Hills, NC 6,978 58.4%
63 Harrisburg, NC 14,856 57.7%
64 Kannapolis, NC 46,498 57.7%
65 Concord, NC 87,607 57.7%
66 Clinton, NC 8,630 57.2%
67 Roxboro, NC 8,273 57.0%
68 Sanford, NC 29,051 54.7%
69 Elon, NC 9,939 54.5%
70 Mebane, NC 14,426 54.5%
71 Graham, NC 14,540 54.5%
72 Burlington, NC 52,813 54.5%
73 Goldsboro, NC 35,432 54.3%
74 Rockingham, NC 9,094 53.7%
75 Hamlet, NC 6,401 53.7%
76 Kinston, NC 21,004 50.8%
77 Lumberton, NC 21,366 50.8%
78 Butner, NC 7,709 49.7%
79 Oxford, NC 8,614 49.7%
80 Carolina Beach, NC 6,116 49.5%
81 Wilmington, NC 115,261 49.5%
82 Williamston, NC 5,398 49.3%
83 Rocky Mount, NC 55,373 48.9%
84 Nashville, NC 5,473 48.9%
85 Elizabeth City, NC 17,732 47.0%
86 Wilson, NC 49,237 46.0%
87 Boone, NC 18,493 45.7%
88 Laurinburg, NC 15,320 44.9%
89 Greenville, NC 90,347 44.3%
90 Winterville, NC 9,488 44.3%
91 Ayden, NC 5,120 44.3%
92 Siler City, NC 8,116 42.9%
93 Wadesboro, NC 5,414 42.7%
94 Kernersville, NC 23,988 42.6%
95 Clemmons, NC 19,844 42.6%
96 Lewisville, NC 13,516 42.6%
97 Fayetteville, NC 210,324 40.2%
98 Hope Mills, NC 16,106 40.2%
99 Spring Lake, NC 12,746 40.2%
100 Woodfin, NC 6,394 40.1%

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