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. Parkersburg (Photos)
  8. Vienna (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.

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: 10,431
Percent Conservative: 72.6%

2. Princeton

Princeton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,082
Percent Conservative: 72.6%

3. Buckhannon

Buckhannon, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,650
Percent Conservative: 71.76%

4. Beckley

Beckley, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,375
Percent Conservative: 71.49%

5. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,320
Percent Conservative: 71.29%

6. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,388
Percent Conservative: 67.7%

7. Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,133
Percent Conservative: 65.28%

8. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,623
Percent Conservative: 65.28%

9. Grafton

Grafton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,173
Percent Conservative: 65.0%

10. Elkins

Elkins, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,244
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. Charleston

For more West Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Cities In West Virginia

City Rank Population % Conservative
Bluefield 1 10,431 72.6%
Princeton 2 6,082 72.6%
Buckhannon 3 5,650 71.76%
Beckley 4 17,375 71.49%
Keyser 5 5,320 71.29%
Hurricane 6 6,388 67.7%
Parkersburg 7 31,133 65.28%
Vienna 8 10,623 65.28%
Grafton 9 5,173 65.0%
Elkins 10 7,244 63.1%
Moundsville 11 8,888 62.95%
Clarksburg 12 16,347 60.7%
Bridgeport 13 8,338 60.7%
Wheeling 14 27,894 60.11%
Weirton 15 19,432 59.62%
Martinsburg 16 17,564 59.57%
Oak Hill 17 8,249 59.35%
New Martinsville 18 5,295 59.29%
Huntington 19 48,944 55.93%
Fairmont 20 18,773 55.93%
Dunbar 21 7,798 55.09%
South Charleston 22 13,276 55.09%
St. Albans 23 10,882 55.09%
Nitro 24 6,711 55.09%
Charleston 25 50,566 55.09%
Morgantown 26 30,164 53.43%
Charles Town 27 5,587 50.82%

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