These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In North Dakota


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

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 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. Williston (Photos)
  2. Dickinson
  3. Watford City
  4. Hazen
  5. Beulah
  6. Rugby
  7. Lincoln
  8. Bismarck (Photos)
  9. Bottineau
  10. Mandan (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Lisbon 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.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in North Dakota

We started by making a list of every place in North Dakota over 2,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 25 places in North Dakota.

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 25, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in North Dakota.’

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

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1. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,051
Percent Conservative: 73.25%

2. Dickinson


Population: 21,097
Percent Conservative: 73.25%

3. Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,728
Percent Conservative: 71.23%

4. Hazen

Hazen, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,578
Percent Conservative: 70.75%

5. Beulah

Beulah, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,286
Percent Conservative: 70.75%

6. Rugby

Rugby, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,112
Percent Conservative: 67.26%

7. Lincoln

Lincoln, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,093
Percent Conservative: 64.42%

8. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,980
Percent Conservative: 64.42%

9. Bottineau

Bottineau, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,273
Percent Conservative: 64.14%

10. Mandan

Mandan, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,962
Percent Conservative: 63.76%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Lisbon
  2. Fargo
  3. West Fargo

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In North Dakota

City Rank Population % Conservative
Williston 1 22,051 73.25%
Dickinson 2 21,097 73.25%
Watford City 3 3,728 71.23%
Hazen 4 2,578 70.75%
Beulah 5 3,286 70.75%
Rugby 6 3,112 67.26%
Lincoln 7 3,093 64.42%
Bismarck 8 66,980 64.42%
Bottineau 9 2,273 64.14%
Mandan 10 19,962 63.76%
Minot 11 46,194 63.74%
Carrington 12 2,011 61.24%
Jamestown 13 15,418 59.48%
Stanley 14 2,118 56.75%
New Town 15 2,306 56.75%
Wahpeton 16 7,835 55.55%
Grafton 17 4,282 55.2%
Valley City 18 6,626 53.68%
Devils Lake 19 7,275 53.31%
Grand Forks 20 54,944 50.15%
Horace 21 2,523 49.9%
Casselton 22 2,466 49.9%
West Fargo 23 29,892 49.9%
Fargo 24 113,464 49.9%
Lisbon 25 2,081 41.61%

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