These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Virginia


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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 Virginia would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

Specifically, which cities have the highest number of conservative voters in the Old Dominion?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in Virginia 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. Richlands (Photos)
  2. Bluefield (Photos)
  3. Poquoson (Photos)
  4. Big Stone Gap (Photos)
  5. Abingdon (Photos)
  6. Bridgewater (Photos)
  7. Colonial Heights (Photos)
  8. Ashland (Photos)
  9. Wytheville (Photos)
  10. Marion (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Petersburg is the most liberal city in Virginia 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 Virginia.

How we determined the most Conservative cities in Virginia

We started by making a list of every place in Virginia over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 62 places in Virginia.

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 62, and the winner is “The Most Conservative City in Virginia.”

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

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1. Richlands

Richlands, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,698
Percent Conservative: 78.07%

2. Bluefield

Bluefield, Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,375
Percent Conservative: 78.07%

3. Poquoson

Poquoson, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,103
Percent Conservative: 74.75%

4. Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,559
Percent Conservative: 73.75%

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5. Abingdon

Abingdon, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,176
Percent Conservative: 70.78%

6. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,812
Percent Conservative: 69.37%

7. Colonial Heights

Colonial Heights, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,542
Percent Conservative: 68.89%

8. Ashland

Ashland, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,264
Percent Conservative: 67.63%

9. Wytheville

Wytheville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,193
Percent Conservative: 67.36%

10. Marion

Marion, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,931
Percent Conservative: 65.58%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Petersburg
  2. Richmond
  3. Charlottesville

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Virginia

City Rank Population % Conservative
Richlands 1 5,698 78.07%
Bluefield 2 5,375 78.07%
Poquoson 3 12,103 74.75%
Big Stone Gap 4 5,559 73.75%
Abingdon 5 8,176 70.78%
Bridgewater 6 5,812 69.37%
Colonial Heights 7 17,542 68.89%
Ashland 8 7,264 67.63%
Wytheville 9 8,193 67.36%
Marion 10 5,931 65.58%
Woodstock 11 5,164 64.72%
Strasburg 12 6,486 64.72%
Bristol 13 17,595 64.71%
Buena Vista 14 6,683 61.92%
Vinton 15 8,129 61.75%
Pulaski 16 8,993 60.76%
Salem 17 25,120 59.26%
Warrenton 18 9,774 59.16%
Front Royal 19 14,709 59.1%
Galax 20 6,981 58.5%
Culpeper 21 16,968 57.3%
Smithfield 22 8,159 56.67%
Waynesboro 23 21,177 54.49%
Lynchburg 24 77,626 54.34%
South Boston 25 8,069 52.09%
Virginia Beach 26 445,623 50.49%
Chesapeake 27 228,168 48.81%
Blacksburg 28 43,204 48.78%
Christiansburg 29 21,427 48.78%
Winchester 30 27,031 48.04%
Purcellville 31 8,350 47.04%
Leesburg 32 46,211 47.04%
Staunton 33 24,132 47.03%
Radford 34 16,993 46.68%
Farmville 35 8,350 42.78%
Lexington 36 7,114 42.65%
Manassas 37 40,436 42.52%
Harrisonburg 38 50,821 42.1%
Suffolk 39 85,477 41.86%
Covington 40 5,853 41.85%
Hopewell 41 22,375 41.4%
Dumfries 42 5,122 41.32%
Fairfax 43 23,507 41.06%
Herndon 44 24,141 39.07%
Vienna 45 16,173 39.07%
Danville 46 42,704 38.42%
Roanoke 47 97,949 37.33%
Martinsville 48 13,745 36.79%
Manassas Park 49 14,992 36.49%
Fredericksburg 50 26,632 35.5%
Williamsburg 51 14,401 34.62%
Franklin 52 8,534 34.31%
Newport News 53 181,362 34.28%
Emporia 54 5,682 32.86%
Falls Church 55 13,074 29.51%
Hampton 56 136,904 28.03%
Portsmouth 57 96,007 28.0%
Alexandria 58 146,422 27.58%
Norfolk 59 244,745 26.59%
Charlottesville 60 44,505 22.22%
Richmond 61 211,063 20.55%
Petersburg 62 32,439 9.6%
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