These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In South Dakota For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in South Dakota are probably voting for Trump.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most conservative places to live in South Dakota.

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Well this has been one heck of a couple of years 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 next big election, we wanted to get a better sense of what parts of South Dakota would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.

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 5,000 voted and contributed to political campaigns in the past several years. The cities with the highest percentage of voters who voted republican and gave the most to conservatives where named the most conservative cities in the state.

Here are the 10 most conservative places in South Dakota for 2019:

  1. Belle Fourche (Photos)
  2. Sturgis (Photos)
  3. Watertown (Photos)
  4. Huron (Photos)
  5. Mitchell (Photos)
  6. Pierre (Photos)
  7. Spearfish (Photos)
  8. Rapid City (Photos)
  9. Box Elder (Photos)
  10. Harrisburg

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.

And if you already knew these places were conservative, check out some more reading about South Dakota and the most conservative places in the country:

How we determined the most conservative cities in South Dakota for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in South Dakota over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 17 cities and towns.

We then measured the voting record and donation data to determine which places lean the most rightward in their allegiances by:

  1. Percentage Of Registered Republicans
  2. # Of Contributions To Republicans Per Capita
  3. $ Amount Contributed To Republicans Per Capita

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 17 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Belle Fourche, is “The Most Conservative City in South Dakota For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most Conservative Places In South Dakota For 2019

Belle Fourche, SD

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Population: 5,622
Percent Republican: 77.2%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.0
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Belle Fourche: PhotosData

Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 5,594 at the 2010 census.

Sturgis, SD

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,715
Percent Republican: 72.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.46
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Sturgis: PhotosData

Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,627 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union General Samuel D. Sturgis.

Watertown, SD

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 22,083
Percent Republican: 66.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $7.35
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Watertown: PhotosData

Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 21,482 at the 2010 census. It is the fifth largest city in South Dakota. It is also the principal city of the Watertown Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Codington and Hamlin counties.

Huron, SD

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 13,116
Percent Republican: 65.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $6.67
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Huron: PhotosData

Huron is a city in Beadle County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 12,592 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Beadle County. Huron was the home of now-defunct Huron University. The Huron Plainsman, also referred to as the Plainsman, is the newspaper. The first settlement at Huron was made in 1880. The city was named after the Huron Indians. It is currently the ninth largest city in South Dakota, but it once was the fourth. Huron was in the running for capital of South Dakota but lost out to Pierre due to Pierres positioning.

Mitchell, SD

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 15,566
Percent Republican: 64.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $14.97
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Mitchell: PhotosData

Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 15,254 at the 2010 census.

Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 13,974
Percent Republican: 63.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $10.44
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Pierre: PhotosData

Spearfish, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 11,300
Percent Republican: 62.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $10.21
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Spearfish: PhotosData

Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 10,494 at the 2010 census.

Rapid City, SD

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 72,841
Percent Republican: 62.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $7.65
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Rapid City: PhotosData

Rapid City is the second most populous city in South Dakota and the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, on which the city is established, it is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range. The population was 67,956 as of the 2010 Census. Known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills” and the “City of Presidents”, it is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city. Ellsworth Air Force Base is located on the outskirts of the city. Camp Rapid, a part of the South Dakota Army National Guard, is located in the western part of the city. The historic “Old West” town of Deadwood is nearby. In the neighboring Black Hills are the popular tourist attractions of Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

Box Elder, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 9,277
Percent Republican: 62.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $20.87
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.1
More on Box Elder: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,429
Percent Republican: 61.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $5.0
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Harrisburg: Data

Harrisburg is a city in Lincoln County, South Dakota, United States and is a suburb of Sioux Falls. The population was 4,089 by the 2010 census, having grown from 958 in 2000 census. The population of the Harrisburg zip code has grown from 2,476 in 2000 to 10,342 in 2010.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in South Dakota

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 least conservative cities in South Dakota:

  1. Vermillion
  2. Brookings
  3. Brandon

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In South Dakota

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Belle Fourche, SD 5,622 77.2%
2 Sturgis, SD 6,715 72.6%
3 Watertown, SD 22,083 66.5%
4 Huron, SD 13,116 65.8%
5 Mitchell, SD 15,566 64.9%
6 Pierre, SD 13,974 63.3%
7 Spearfish, SD 11,300 62.6%
8 Rapid City, SD 72,841 62.4%
9 Box Elder, SD 9,277 62.4%
10 Harrisburg, SD 5,429 61.4%
11 Aberdeen, SD 27,925 59.7%
12 Madison, SD 7,094 59.5%
13 Yankton, SD 14,529 58.8%
14 Sioux Falls, SD 170,401 53.7%
15 Brandon, SD 9,731 53.7%
16 Brookings, SD 23,471 53.2%
17 Vermillion, SD 10,687 41.6%