The 10 Most Conservative Cities In West Virginia For 2023


The most conservative cities in West Virginia are Bluefield and Princeton for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

Now that we’re headed towards the next big election, we wanted to get a better sense of what parts of West Virginia would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.

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

To do so, we used Saturday Night Science to measure how each city in West Virginia with populations greater than 5,000 voted in past elections. The cities with the highest percentage of voters who voted Republican were named the most conservative cities in the state.


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The 10 most conservative places in West Virginia for 2023

  1. Bluefield
  2. Princeton
  3. Buckhannon
  4. New Martinsville
  5. Beckley
  6. Huntington
  7. Moundsville
  8. Wheeling
  9. Elkins
  10. Weirton

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

Additional reading about West Virginia and the most conservative places in the country:

The 10 Most Conservative Places In West Virginia For 2023

Bluefield, WV

Source: Wikipedia User SheepNotGoats (Talk) | CC BY-SA 3.0

Percent Republican: 76.5%
More on Bluefield: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Princeton, WV

Source: Wikipedia User Tim Kiser (w:User:Malepheasant) | CC BY-SA 2.5

Percent Republican: 76.5%
More on Princeton: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Buckhannon, WV

Source: Wikipedia User Tim Kiser (w:User:Malepheasant) | CC BY-SA 2.5

Percent Republican: 76.0%
More on Buckhannon: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

New Martinsville, WV

Source: Wikipedia User MyName (Bwsmith84 (talk)) | CC BY 3.0

Percent Republican: 74.9%
More on New Martinsville: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Beckley, WV

Source: Wikipedia User Tim Kiser (w:User:Malepheasant) | CC BY-SA 3.0 us

Percent Republican: 74.5%
More on Beckley: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Huntington, WV

Source: Wikipedia User Wvfunnyman | CC BY-SA 3.0

Percent Republican: 74.3%
More on Huntington: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Moundsville, WV

Source: Wikipedia User Tim Kiser (w:User:Malepheasant) | CC BY-SA 2.5

Percent Republican: 74.1%
More on Moundsville: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Wheeling, WV

Source: Wikipedia User Brandon W. Holmes | CC BY-SA 3.0

Percent Republican: 74.1%
More on Wheeling: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Elkins, WV

Source: Wikipedia User Tim Kiser (w:User:Malepheasant) | CC BY-SA 2.5

Percent Republican: 71.1%
More on Elkins: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Weirton, WV

Source: Wikipedia User Jeremywagg (original), Yassie (derivative work) | CC BY-SA 3.0

Percent Republican: 71.1%
More on Weirton: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

How we determined the most conservative cities in West Virginia for 2023

To find the most conservative places in West Virginia, we used Saturday Night Science – the argument you’d make at a bar – to find the cities with the most conservatives.

We started by making a list of every city in West Virginia over 5,000 people based on the 2017-2021 American Community Survey. That left us with 26 cities and towns.

We then measured the voting record and MIT election data to determine which places rock the most rightward in their allegiances by:

  1. Percentage Of Votes For The Republican President In 2020

Because no voting data exists at the city level, we used county-level election results from the 2020 election. We assigned every city in a county the percentage of votes that went to the Republicans, effectively extending the county’s results to the city level. In cases where larger cities encompassed an entire county, the election outcomes accurately reflected the city’s political landscape.

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 26 for each criterion, where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Bluefield, is “The Most Conservative City in West Virginia For 2023”. The most liberal place in West Virginia was Morgantown.

We updated this article for 2023. This report is our tenth time ranking the most conservative places to live in West Virginia.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in West Virginia

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

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

  1. Morgantown
  2. Charles Town
  3. Allenspark

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Most Conservative Places In West Virginia

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Bluefield, WV 9,699 76.5%
2 Princeton, WV 5,885 76.5%
3 Buckhannon, WV 5,343 76.0%
4 New Martinsville, WV 5,208 74.9%
5 Beckley, WV 17,261 74.5%
6 Huntington, WV 46,923 74.3%
7 Moundsville, WV 8,195 74.1%
8 Wheeling, WV 27,142 74.1%
9 Elkins, WV 6,980 71.1%
10 Weirton, WV 19,150 71.1%
11 Nitro, WV 6,630 70.3%
12 Hurricane, WV 6,901 70.3%
13 Vienna, WV 10,676 70.2%
14 Parkersburg, WV 29,910 70.2%
15 Oak Hill, WV 8,228 68.7%
16 Clarksburg, WV 16,085 67.9%
17 Bridgeport, WV 9,165 67.9%
18 Martinsburg, WV 18,502 64.6%
19 Fairmont, WV 18,369 63.2%
20 South Charleston, WV 13,595 56.4%
21 St. Albans, WV 10,842 56.4%
22 Dunbar, WV 7,500 56.4%
23 Charleston, WV 49,055 56.4%
24 Allenspark , WV 5,404 54.3%
25 Charles Town, WV 6,373 54.3%
26 Morgantown, WV 29,316 49.4%
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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