These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Pennsylvania


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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 Pennsylvania would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Pennsylvania with populations greater than 5,000 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. Punxsutawney (Photos)
  2. Somerset (Photos)
  3. Waynesboro (Photos)
  4. Chambersburg (Photos)
  5. Huntingdon (Photos)
  6. Selinsgrove (Photos)
  7. Clarion (Photos)
  8. Butler (Photos)
  9. Hollidaysburg (Photos)
  10. Altoona (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Philadelphia is the most liberal city in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in Pennsylvania

We started by making a list of every place in Pennsylvania over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 182 places in Pennsylvania.

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 182, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in Pennsylvania.’

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

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1. Punxsutawney

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,899
Percent Conservative: 72.1%

2. Somerset

Somerset, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,127
Percent Conservative: 70.66%

3. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,731
Percent Conservative: 68.58%

4. Chambersburg

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,519
Percent Conservative: 68.58%

5. Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,060
Percent Conservative: 67.91%

6. Selinsgrove

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,720
Percent Conservative: 67.14%

7. Clarion

Clarion, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,298
Percent Conservative: 66.9%

8. Butler

Butler, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,517
Percent Conservative: 66.81%

9. Hollidaysburg

Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,812
Percent Conservative: 66.32%

10. Altoona

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,814
Percent Conservative: 66.32%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Philadelphia
  2. Olyphant
  3. Taylor

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population % Conservative
Punxsutawney 1 5,899 72.1%
Somerset 2 6,127 70.66%
Waynesboro 3 10,731 68.58%
Chambersburg 4 20,519 68.58%
Huntingdon 5 7,060 67.91%
Selinsgrove 6 5,720 67.14%
Clarion 7 5,298 66.9%
Butler 8 13,517 66.81%
Hollidaysburg 9 5,812 66.32%
Altoona 10 45,814 66.32%
Tyrone 11 5,415 66.32%
South Williamsport 12 6,354 65.94%
Williamsport 13 29,339 65.94%
Clearfield 14 6,106 63.65%
Dubois 15 7,672 63.65%
Lebanon 16 25,555 63.4%
Palmyra 17 7,432 63.4%
Bradford 18 8,608 63.18%
Gettysburg 19 7,615 63.05%
Franklin 20 6,401 62.32%
Oil City 21 10,296 62.32%
Sugarcreek 22 5,200 62.32%
Sayre 23 5,513 61.51%
Vandergrift 24 5,095 61.29%
Greensburg 25 14,669 61.29%
Arnold 26 5,053 61.29%
Monessen 27 7,584 61.29%
Lower Burrell 28 11,593 61.29%
New Kensington 29 12,874 61.29%
Jeannette 30 9,464 61.29%
Lewisburg 31 5,781 60.83%
Red Lion 32 6,332 59.88%
York 33 43,853 59.88%
Hanover 34 15,403 59.88%
Meadville 35 13,224 59.06%
Titusville 36 5,438 59.06%
Milton 37 6,993 58.77%
Mount Carmel 38 5,810 58.77%
Shamokin 39 7,253 58.77%
Sunbury 40 9,758 58.77%
Columbia 41 10,394 58.75%
Lititz 42 9,208 58.75%
Millersville 43 8,358 58.75%
Ephrata 44 13,617 58.75%
Mount Joy 45 7,891 58.75%
New Holland 46 5,408 58.75%
Lancaster 47 59,344 58.75%
Indiana 48 14,050 58.53%
Camp Hill 49 7,886 58.49%
Carlisle 50 18,945 58.49%
New Cumberland 51 7,274 58.49%
Shippensburg 52 5,527 58.49%
Mechanicsburg 53 8,984 58.49%
Morrisville 54 8,666 58.27%
Westmont 55 5,039 58.1%
Johnstown 56 20,369 58.1%
Warren 57 9,478 57.87%
St. Marys 58 12,845 57.25%
California 59 6,657 56.18%
Canonsburg 60 8,944 56.18%
Washington 61 13,642 56.18%
Pottsville 62 14,025 55.92%
Schuylkill Haven 63 5,321 55.92%
Tamaqua 64 6,949 55.92%
Berwick 65 10,328 55.56%
Bloomsburg 66 14,631 55.56%
Lock Haven 67 9,790 55.06%
New Castle 68 22,682 53.92%
Ellwood City 69 7,836 53.92%
Uniontown 70 10,150 53.64%
Connellsville 71 7,550 53.64%
Lehighton 72 5,388 52.79%
Palmerton 73 5,352 52.79%
Aliquippa 74 9,296 52.62%
Economy 75 9,189 52.62%
Beaver Falls 76 8,768 52.62%
New Brighton 77 5,958 52.62%
Ambridge 78 6,931 52.62%
Monaca 79 5,706 52.62%
Greenville 80 5,892 50.97%
Sharon 81 13,754 50.97%
Grove City 82 8,210 50.97%
Hermitage 83 16,185 50.97%
Wyomissing 84 10,475 49.73%
Shillington 85 5,268 49.73%
Reading 86 88,057 49.73%
Birdsboro 87 5,155 49.73%
Phoenixville 88 16,562 49.55%
Kennett Square 89 6,117 49.55%
West Chester 90 19,181 49.55%
Oxford 91 5,163 49.55%
Coatesville 92 13,152 49.55%
Bellefonte 93 6,285 48.83%
State College 94 42,129 48.83%
Bristol 95 9,634 48.78%
Perkasie 96 8,498 48.78%
Nazareth 97 5,701 47.0%
Wilson 98 7,838 47.0%
Bethlehem 99 75,004 47.0%
Bangor 100 5,233 47.0%

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