These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In South Carolina


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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 South Carolina would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in South Carolina 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. Central
  2. Clemson (Photos)
  3. Easley
  4. Seneca (Photos)
  5. Cayce (Photos)
  6. Batesburg-Leesville
  7. West Columbia (Photos)
  8. Lexington (Photos)
  9. Anderson (Photos)
  10. North Myrtle Beach (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Orangeburg is the most liberal city in South 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 South Carolina.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in South Carolina

We started by making a list of every place in South Carolina over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 61 places in South Carolina.

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 61, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in South Carolina.’

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

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1. Central


Population: 5,160
Percent Conservative: 73.49%

2. Clemson

Clemson, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,664
Percent Conservative: 73.49%

3. Easley


Population: 20,374
Percent Conservative: 73.49%

4. Seneca

Seneca, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,184
Percent Conservative: 70.47%

5. Cayce

Cayce, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,554
Percent Conservative: 68.07%

6. Batesburg-Leesville


Population: 5,251
Percent Conservative: 68.07%

7. West Columbia

West Columbia, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,757
Percent Conservative: 68.07%

8. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,447
Percent Conservative: 68.07%

9. Anderson

Anderson, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,978
Percent Conservative: 67.45%

10. North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,824
Percent Conservative: 64.17%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Orangeburg
  2. Columbia
  3. Forest Acres

For more South Carolina reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In South Carolina

City Rank Population % Conservative
Central 1 5,160 73.49%
Clemson 2 14,664 73.49%
Easley 3 20,374 73.49%
Seneca 4 8,184 70.47%
Cayce 5 13,554 68.07%
Batesburg-Leesville 6 5,251 68.07%
West Columbia 7 15,757 68.07%
Lexington 8 19,447 68.07%
Anderson 9 26,978 67.45%
North Myrtle Beach 10 14,824 64.17%
Conway 11 19,356 64.17%
Myrtle Beach 12 29,198 64.17%
Gaffney 13 12,562 64.09%
Greenville 14 61,734 62.99%
Mauldin 15 24,396 62.99%
Fountain Inn 16 8,399 62.99%
Greer 17 27,186 62.99%
Simpsonville 18 19,706 62.99%
Aiken 19 30,183 62.59%
North Augusta 20 22,037 62.59%
Spartanburg 21 37,465 60.93%
Clover 22 5,442 59.42%
Fort Mill 23 12,525 59.42%
Rock Hill 24 69,196 59.42%
Tega Cay 25 8,609 59.42%
York 26 7,945 59.42%
Camden 27 6,982 58.41%
Lancaster 28 8,853 58.33%
Hilton Head Island 29 39,071 58.24%
Bluffton 30 14,607 58.24%
Beaufort 31 12,839 58.24%
Port Royal 32 11,513 58.24%
Laurens 33 9,122 58.02%
Clinton 34 8,561 58.02%
Summerville 35 46,200 57.22%
Greenwood 36 23,254 57.02%
Newberry 37 10,279 56.63%
Goose Creek 38 39,408 56.42%
Moncks Corner 39 9,108 56.42%
Hanahan 40 19,707 56.42%
Abbeville 41 5,197 56.05%
Georgetown 42 9,079 53.37%
Union 43 8,144 52.5%
Cheraw 44 5,800 51.16%
Lake City 45 6,728 49.83%
Florence 46 38,000 49.83%
Walterboro 47 5,312 49.42%
Charleston 48 127,694 48.01%
Mount Pleasant 49 74,952 48.01%
North Charleston 50 104,146 48.01%
Hartsville 51 7,851 47.87%
Darlington 52 6,212 47.87%
Chester 53 5,527 44.19%
Dillon 54 6,705 41.63%
Sumter 55 40,851 40.74%
Bennettsville 56 8,834 37.31%
Marion 57 6,793 34.46%
Irmo 58 11,704 33.37%
Forest Acres 59 10,545 33.37%
Columbia 60 131,958 33.37%
Orangeburg 61 13,685 27.93%

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