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


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

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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 Dakota would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.

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

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

  1. Dickinson (Photos)
  2. Williston (Photos)
  3. Watford City (Photos)
  4. Mandan (Photos)
  5. Minot (Photos)
  6. Bismarck (Photos)
  7. Jamestown (Photos)
  8. Wahpeton (Photos)
  9. Devils Lake (Photos)
  10. Valley City (Photos)

If you’re wondering, West Fargo is the most liberal city in North Dakota 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 Dakota.

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

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

We started by making a list of every city in North Dakota over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 13 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 13 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Dickinson, is “The Most Conservative City in North Dakota For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most Conservative Places In North Dakota For 2019

Dickinson, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,309
Percent Republican: 79.2%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $12.34
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Dickinson: PhotosData

Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stark County. The population was 17,787 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2015 population is 23,765.

Williston, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,072
Percent Republican: 78.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.95
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Williston: PhotosData

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

Watford City, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,441
Percent Republican: 78.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $40.16
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Watford City: PhotosData

Mandan, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,472
Percent Republican: 71.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $7.36
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Mandan: PhotosData

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,171
Percent Republican: 68.0%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $5.39
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Minot: PhotosData

Minot MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as “Magic City”, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

Bismarck, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 70,536
Percent Republican: 67.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $8.98
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Bismarck: PhotosData

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city’s population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

Jamestown, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,367
Percent Republican: 66.2%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.94
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Jamestown: PhotosData

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,822
Percent Republican: 62.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $0.99
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Wahpeton: PhotosData

Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s 2015 population was 7,899.

Devils Lake, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,313
Percent Republican: 60.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $6.51
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Devils Lake: PhotosData

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.

Valley City, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,547
Percent Republican: 59.1%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.88
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Valley City: PhotosData

Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in North Dakota

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

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

  1. West Fargo
  2. Fargo
  3. Grand Forks

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In North Dakota

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Dickinson, ND 22,309 79.2%
2 Williston, ND 25,072 78.6%
3 Watford City, ND 5,441 78.6%
4 Mandan, ND 21,472 71.6%
5 Minot, ND 48,171 68.0%
6 Bismarck, ND 70,536 67.8%
7 Jamestown, ND 15,367 66.2%
8 Wahpeton, ND 7,822 62.8%
9 Devils Lake, ND 7,313 60.6%
10 Valley City, ND 6,547 59.1%
11 Grand Forks, ND 56,236 53.8%
12 Fargo, ND 118,099 49.3%
13 West Fargo, ND 33,089 49.3%

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