These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In West 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 West Virginia would be the most likely to back Donald Trump.

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

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in West 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. Bluefield (Photos)
  2. Princeton (Photos)
  3. Buckhannon (Photos)
  4. Beckley (Photos)
  5. Keyser (Photos)
  6. Hurricane (Photos)
  7. Vienna (Photos)
  8. Parkersburg (Photos)
  9. Grafton (Photos)
  10. Elkins (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Charles Town is the most liberal city in West Virginia of all those we measured.

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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 West Virginia.

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How we determined the most Conservative cities in West Virginia

We started by making a list of every place in West Virginia over 5,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 27 places in West 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 27, and the winner is “The Most Conservative City in West Virginia.”

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

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1. Bluefield

Bluefield, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,465
Percent Conservative: 72.6%

2. Princeton

Princeton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,387
Percent Conservative: 72.6%

3. Buckhannon

Buckhannon, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,646
Percent Conservative: 71.76%

4. Beckley

Beckley, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,529
Percent Conservative: 71.49%

5. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
Percent Conservative: 71.29%

6. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,352
Percent Conservative: 67.7%

7. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,654
Percent Conservative: 65.28%

8. Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,195
Percent Conservative: 65.28%

9. Grafton

Grafton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,179
Percent Conservative: 65.0%

10. Elkins

Elkins, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,241
Percent Conservative: 63.1%

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds

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

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

  1. Charles Town
  2. Morgantown
  3. St. Albans

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Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In West Virginia

City Rank Population % Conservative
Bluefield 1 10,465 72.6%
Princeton 2 6,387 72.6%
Buckhannon 3 5,646 71.76%
Beckley 4 17,529 71.49%
Keyser 5 5,350 71.29%
Hurricane 6 6,352 67.7%
Vienna 7 10,654 65.28%
Parkersburg 8 31,195 65.28%
Grafton 9 5,179 65.0%
Elkins 10 7,241 63.1%
Moundsville 11 8,960 62.95%
Clarksburg 12 16,437 60.7%
Bridgeport 13 8,316 60.7%
Wheeling 14 28,129 60.11%
Weirton 15 19,523 59.62%
Martinsburg 16 17,508 59.57%
Oak Hill 17 8,270 59.35%
New Martinsville 18 5,322 59.29%
Huntington 19 49,053 55.93%
Fairmont 20 18,746 55.93%
South Charleston 21 13,380 55.09%
Charleston 22 50,911 55.09%
Nitro 23 6,860 55.09%
Dunbar 24 7,844 55.09%
St. Albans 25 10,939 55.09%
Morgantown 26 30,133 53.43%
Charles Town 27 5,464 50.82%

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