These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In Virginia For 2019


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

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

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 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 Virginia for 2019:

  1. Richlands (Photos)
  2. Bluefield
  3. Big Stone Gap (Photos)
  4. Marion (Photos)
  5. Wytheville (Photos)
  6. Abingdon (Photos)
  7. Poquoson (Photos)
  8. Bristol (Photos)
  9. Bridgewater (Photos)
  10. Woodstock (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.

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

How we determined the most conservative cities in Virginia for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in Virginia over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 62 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 62 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Richlands, is “The Most Conservative City in Virginia For 2019”.

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

The 10 Most Conservative Places In Virginia For 2019

Richlands, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,513
Percent Republican: 81.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $7.82
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Richlands: PhotosData

Richlands is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,823 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578.

Bluefield, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,058
Percent Republican: 81.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $5.8
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Bluefield: Data

Bluefield is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, United States, located along the Bluestone River. The population was 5,444 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,342. The micropolitan area is the 350th largest statistical population area in the United States.

Big Stone Gap, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,395
Percent Republican: 79.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $0.63
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.0
More on Big Stone Gap: PhotosData

Big Stone Gap is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,643 at the 2010 census.

Marion, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,814
Percent Republican: 75.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $7.66
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Marion: PhotosData

Marion is a town in Smyth County, Virginia, United States. The population was 6,033 according to a 2017 count- not estimate- using local resources, information and current data. It is the county seat. The town is named for American Revolutionary War officer Francis Marion.

Wytheville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,041
Percent Republican: 75.4%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $5.01
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Wytheville: PhotosData

Wytheville is a town in, and the county seat of, Wythe County, Virginia, United States. It is named after George Wythe, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Wytheville’s population was 8,211 at the 2010 census. Located at the intersection of Interstate Highways 77 and 81, the town has long been a crossroads for travelers. During the American Civil War, Wytheville had a strategic importance, and was attacked in 1863 and 1865. The town is also the birthplace of Edith Bolling Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson.

Abingdon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,044
Percent Republican: 74.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $37.97
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.07
More on Abingdon: PhotosData

Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, 133 miles southwest of Roanoke. The population was 8,191 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Washington County. The town encompasses several historically significant sites and features a fine arts and crafts scene centered on the galleries and museums along Main Street.

Poquoson, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,022
Percent Republican: 70.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $16.53
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Poquoson: PhotosData

Poquoson is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,150. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Poquoson with surrounding York County for statistical purposes.

Bristol, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,077
Percent Republican: 69.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $20.14
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Bristol: PhotosData

Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,835. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia, with neighboring Washington County, Virginia, for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the “Tri-Cities” region.

Bridgewater, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,930
Percent Republican: 69.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $32.48
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.13
More on Bridgewater: PhotosData

Bridgewater is an incorporated town in Rockingham County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,644 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bridgewater is also home to Bridgewater College.

Woodstock, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,169
Percent Republican: 68.7%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $18.44
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.1
More on Woodstock: PhotosData

Woodstock is a town in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States. It has a population of 5,097 according to the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Shenandoah County.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in Virginia

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 least conservative cities in Virginia:

  1. Petersburg
  2. Charlottesville
  3. Richmond

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In Virginia

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Richlands, VA 5,513 81.7%
2 Bluefield, VA 5,058 81.7%
3 Big Stone Gap, VA 5,395 79.7%
4 Marion, VA 5,814 75.6%
5 Wytheville, VA 8,041 75.4%
6 Abingdon, VA 8,044 74.8%
7 Poquoson, VA 12,022 70.9%
8 Bristol, VA 17,077 69.6%
9 Bridgewater, VA 5,930 69.3%
10 Woodstock, VA 5,169 68.7%
11 Strasburg, VA 6,570 68.7%
12 Pulaski, VA 8,860 68.1%
13 Galax, VA 6,788 67.5%
14 Colonial Heights, VA 17,582 67.2%
15 Front Royal, VA 15,027 65.6%
16 Ashland, VA 7,554 63.2%
17 Vinton, VA 8,069 61.0%
18 Culpeper, VA 17,882 60.1%
19 Buena Vista, VA 6,495 59.4%
20 Warrenton, VA 9,854 59.1%
21 Salem, VA 25,521 59.1%
22 Smithfield, VA 8,262 57.9%
23 South Boston, VA 7,887 57.1%
24 Covington, VA 5,675 56.6%
25 Waynesboro, VA 21,620 52.2%
26 Lynchburg, VA 79,237 50.4%
27 Virginia Beach, VA 450,057 48.4%
28 Chesapeake, VA 235,410 48.0%
29 Staunton, VA 24,273 45.6%
30 Blacksburg, VA 44,079 45.2%
31 Christiansburg, VA 21,892 45.2%
32 Farmville, VA 8,452 44.9%
33 Winchester, VA 27,516 44.9%
34 Radford, VA 17,380 43.4%
35 Hopewell, VA 22,353 43.1%
36 Suffolk, VA 88,057 41.6%
37 Danville, VA 41,911 38.6%
38 Manassas, VA 41,379 38.6%
39 Leesburg, VA 51,015 38.2%
40 Purcellville, VA 9,217 38.2%
41 Roanoke, VA 99,572 37.5%
42 Dumfries, VA 5,216 36.5%
43 Martinsville, VA 13,256 36.4%
44 Franklin, VA 8,334 35.0%
45 Harrisonburg, VA 53,064 34.8%
46 Newport News, VA 180,775 33.7%
47 Fredericksburg, VA 28,135 33.3%
48 Emporia, VA 5,495 33.3%
49 Manassas Park, VA 16,117 33.1%
50 Lexington, VA 7,113 31.1%
51 Fairfax, VA 23,580 30.8%
52 Portsmouth, VA 95,536 29.6%
53 Hampton, VA 136,255 28.7%
54 Vienna, VA 16,474 28.6%
55 Herndon, VA 24,545 28.6%
56 Norfolk, VA 245,752 25.8%
57 Williamsburg, VA 14,817 25.2%
58 Alexandria, VA 154,710 17.5%
59 Falls Church, VA 13,843 17.1%
60 Richmond, VA 220,892 15.1%
61 Charlottesville, VA 46,487 13.2%
62 Petersburg, VA 32,037 10.5%