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:
- Richlands (Photos)
- Bluefield (Photos)
- Poquoson (Photos)
- Big Stone Gap (Photos)
- Abingdon (Photos)
- Bridgewater (Photos)
- Colonial Heights (Photos)
- Ashland (Photos)
- Wytheville (Photos)
- 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?
Population: 5,698Percent Conservative: 78.07%
Population: 5,375Percent Conservative: 78.07%
Population: 12,103Percent Conservative: 74.75%
4. Big Stone Gap
Population: 5,559Percent Conservative: 73.75%
Population: 8,176Percent Conservative: 70.78%
Population: 5,812Percent Conservative: 69.37%
7. Colonial Heights
Population: 17,542Percent Conservative: 68.89%
Population: 7,264Percent Conservative: 67.63%
Population: 8,193Percent Conservative: 67.36%
Population: 5,931Percent 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:
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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In Virginia
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