These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In South Dakota


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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 Dakota would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in South 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. Belle Fourche (Photos)
  2. Winner
  3. Mobridge
  4. Sturgis (Photos)
  5. Summerset
  6. Fort Pierre
  7. Hot Springs
  8. Pierre (Photos)
  9. Box Elder
  10. Rapid City (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Vermillion is the most liberal city in South 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 South Dakota.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in South Dakota

We started by making a list of every place in South Dakota over 2,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 37 places in South 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 37, and the winner is ‘The Most Conservative City in South Dakota.’

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

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1. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,702
Percent Conservative: 73.03%

2. Winner

Winner, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,855
Percent Conservative: 70.79%

3. Mobridge


Population: 3,302
Percent Conservative: 70.31%

4. Sturgis

Sturgis, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,657
Percent Conservative: 69.95%

5. Summerset


Population: 2,221
Percent Conservative: 69.95%

6. Fort Pierre

Fort Pierre, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,244
Percent Conservative: 69.03%

7. Hot Springs

Hot Springs, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,542
Percent Conservative: 64.22%

8. Pierre

Pierre, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,938
Percent Conservative: 64.0%

9. Box Elder


Population: 8,959
Percent Conservative: 63.49%

10. Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,692
Percent Conservative: 63.49%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Vermillion
  2. Sisseton
  3. Brookings

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In South Dakota

City Rank Population % Conservative
Belle Fourche 1 5,702 73.03%
Winner 2 2,855 70.79%
Mobridge 3 3,302 70.31%
Sturgis 4 6,657 69.95%
Summerset 5 2,221 69.95%
Fort Pierre 6 2,244 69.03%
Hot Springs 7 3,542 64.22%
Pierre 8 13,938 64.0%
Box Elder 9 8,959 63.49%
Rapid City 10 71,692 63.49%
Chamberlain 11 2,582 63.01%
Lennox 12 2,371 62.0%
Harrisburg 13 4,942 62.0%
Tea 14 4,427 62.0%
Canton 15 3,258 62.0%
Elk Point 16 2,080 61.85%
Lead 17 3,082 61.85%
North Sioux City 18 2,597 61.85%
Beresford 19 2,211 61.85%
Spearfish 20 10,980 61.85%
Mitchell 21 15,543 59.68%
Huron 22 13,159 58.24%
Watertown 23 21,919 58.11%
Milbank 24 3,269 56.41%
Yankton 25 14,531 55.09%
Redfield 26 2,581 54.92%
Madison 27 6,972 54.4%
Dell Rapids 28 3,693 52.68%
Brandon 29 9,497 52.68%
Hartford 30 2,887 52.68%
Sioux Falls 31 164,341 52.68%
Aberdeen 32 27,418 51.79%
Flandreau 33 2,082 50.61%
Volga 34 2,401 50.16%
Brookings 35 22,974 50.16%
Sisseton 36 2,668 44.24%
Vermillion 37 10,746 41.02%

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