These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Vermont For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Vermont 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 Vermont.

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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 Vermont would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Vermont 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 Vermont for 2019:

  1. Rutland (Photos)
  2. St. Albans (Photos)
  3. St. Johnsbury (Photos)
  4. Bennington (Photos)
  5. Middlebury (Photos)
  6. Barre (Photos)
  7. Montpelier (Photos)
  8. Brattleboro (Photos)
  9. Winooski (Photos)
  10. Burlington (Photos)

If you’re wondering, South Burlington is the most liberal city in Vermont 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 Vermont.

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

How we determined the most conservative cities in Vermont for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Vermont over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 12 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 12 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Rutland, is “The Most Conservative City in Vermont For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most Conservative Places In Vermont For 2019

Rutland, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,740
Percent Republican: 42.1%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.04
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Rutland: PhotosData

St. Albans, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,847
Percent Republican: 40.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.51
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on St. Albans: PhotosData

St. Johnsbury, VT

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,789
Percent Republican: 39.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.79
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on St. Johnsbury: PhotosData

St. Johnsbury is the shire town of Caledonia County, Vermont, United States. The population was 7,603 at the 2010 census. St. Johnsbury is located approximately 10 miles northwest of the Connecticut River and 48 miles south of the Canada-U.S. border.

Bennington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,813
Percent Republican: 34.1%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.74
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Bennington: PhotosData

Bennington is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, in the United States. It is one of two shire towns of the county, the other being Manchester. The population is 15,431, as of 2014 US Census estimates. Bennington is the most populous town in southern Vermont, the third-largest town in Vermont and the sixth-largest municipality in the state including the cities of Burlington, Rutland, and South Burlington in the count.

Middlebury, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,024
Percent Republican: 27.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $14.84
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.06
More on Middlebury: PhotosData

Middlebury is the shire town of Addison County, Vermont, United States. The population was 8,496 at the 2010 census. Middlebury is home to Middlebury College and the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.

Barre, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,778
Percent Republican: 25.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $4.44
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Barre: PhotosData

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,584
Percent Republican: 25.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.3
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Montpelier: PhotosData

Montpelier is the capital city of the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Washington County. As the site of Vermont’s state government, it is the least populous state capital in the United States. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census. However, the daytime population swells to about 21,000, due to the large number of jobs within city limits. The Vermont College of Fine Arts and New England Culinary Institute are located in the municipality. It was named for Montpellier, France.

Brattleboro, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,934
Percent Republican: 24.1%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $3.89
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Brattleboro: PhotosData

Brattleboro, originally Brattleborough, is a town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The most populous municipality abutting Vermont’s eastern border, Brattleboro is located about 10 miles north of the Massachusetts state line, at the confluence of Vermont’s West River and the Connecticut. In 2014, Brattleboro’s population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be 11,765.

Winooski, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,203
Percent Republican: 22.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $7.69
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Winooski: PhotosData

Winooski is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. Located on the Winooski River, as of the 2010 U.S. Census the municipal population was 7,267. The city is the most densely populated municipality in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is the smallest in area of Vermont’s nine incorporated cities. As part of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area, it is bordered by Burlington, Colchester, and South Burlington.

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,453
Percent Republican: 22.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $9.34
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Burlington: PhotosData

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles south of the Canada-United States border and 94 miles south of Canada’s second most populous municipality, Montreal. The city’s population was 42,452 according to a 2015 U.S. census estimate. It is the least populous municipality in the United States to be the most populous incorporated area in a state.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in Vermont

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

If you’re curious, here are the least conservative cities in Vermont:

  1. South Burlington
  2. Essex Junction
  3. Burlington

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In Vermont

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Rutland, VT 15,740 42.1%
2 St. Albans, VT 6,847 40.9%
3 St. Johnsbury, VT 5,789 39.3%
4 Bennington, VT 8,813 34.1%
5 Middlebury, VT 7,024 27.8%
6 Barre, VT 8,778 25.7%
7 Montpelier, VT 7,584 25.7%
8 Brattleboro, VT 6,934 24.1%
9 Winooski, VT 7,203 22.3%
10 Burlington, VT 42,453 22.3%
11 Essex Junction, VT 10,132 22.3%
12 South Burlington, VT 18,773 22.3%

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