POLITICAL CITIES

Best Cities for Conservatives

Republicans should feel right at home in each of these conservative cities

Can’t bear the thought of another President named Clinton in the White House? Want to Make America Great Again? If so, cast your ballot for the 2016 Best Cities for Conservatives. (If this sounds like the wrong list for you, try the Best Cities for Liberals or Best Cities for Moderates).

Why are we doing this ranking? Glenn Beck hates it and thinks the Liberals got all the cool cities. Well, check the overview for the full rationale but in summary: in today’s divided country it’s easy to get sick of all the political in-fighting. Why not just live somewhere where folks agree with you already?

To find these conservative bastions, we crunched election data looking for huge Romney support in 2012, and data on where conservatives live and take part in political activities from Esri. Then we worked with Simmons Research to identify a TV network, an automobile maker, a restaurant, a retailer and a magazine that conservatives tend to gravitate towards. This we call our “basket of goods.”

Once we had this basket, we looked for populations that buy these goods in the extreme, figuring that you’d want to have more in common with your neighbors than just your political yard signs. You want to be able to grab some biscuits and gravy and talk about football.

Thus, here are the results of our 2016 Conservative Cities ranking. Let us know what you think. Are these places right-wing enough for you?

Ranking Criteria

2012 Presidential Election Results • Current Political Representation • Registered Voters • Consumer Habits

10. Columbus, NE Population 22,584
9. Brandon, MS Population 22,897
8. Slidell, LA Population 27,567
7. Benton, AR Population 32,725
6. Bristol, TN Population 26,674
5. Burleson, TX Population 40,652
4. Asheboro, NC Population 25,897
3. Alabaster, AL Population 31,905
2. Enid, OK Population 50,685
1. Bullhead City, AZ Population 39,424