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:
- Belle Fourche (Photos)
- Sturgis (Photos)
- Fort Pierre
- Hot Springs
- Pierre (Photos)
- Box Elder
- 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.
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?
1. Belle Fourche
Population: 5,702Percent Conservative: 73.03%
Population: 2,855Percent Conservative: 70.79%
Population: 3,302 Percent Conservative: 70.31%
Population: 6,657Percent Conservative: 69.95%
Population: 2,221 Percent Conservative: 69.95%
6. Fort Pierre
Population: 2,244Percent Conservative: 69.03%
7. Hot Springs
Population: 3,542Percent Conservative: 64.22%
Population: 13,938Percent Conservative: 64.0%
9. Box Elder
Population: 8,959 Percent Conservative: 63.49%
10. Rapid City
Population: 71,692Percent 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:
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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In South Dakota
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