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The best conservative places to live in America

November 18, 2022
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The best conservative places to live in America

For conservative Americans, the ideal home setting is a large house outside the city where relaxation and family time rule—and where the community shares similar values, particularly when it comes to religion.

The aforementioned preferences come from a Pew Research Center study published in 2014 on political polarization. The research shows that members of different political groups value different things in their daily lives—starting with where they live. Four in 10 consistent conservatives in the study said they preferred rural areas to more metropolitan ones, while about three in 10 prefer small towns. Additionally, more than half of consistently conservative people wanted to have neighbors whose political views aligned with theirs.

With this in mind, Stacker analyzed data from Niche to rank the 50 best conservative places to live in the U.S. Niche sources data from several public data sources, including the Department of Education, Census Bureau, and FBI. This particular data set was acquired by filtering for very conservative politics on the 2022 Best Places to Live in America list.

The top 10 on our list scored well on public schools (Niche average of A+) and were good for families (Niche average of A+)—but they scored lower in diversity (Niche average of B), cost of living (Niche average of B), and weather (Niche average of C+). The Niche grade for weather is clearly tied to many locations being in the Midwest, where summers are humid and winters are cold.

All but two of the top 10 best conservative places to live in the U.S. are in the Midwest. Nearly all of the locations listed in the top 10 are suburbs of larger cities; many of these locations near larger cities (Nashville, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee, namely) have higher median home values. The locations topping the list share certain characteristics, from lively restaurants and bars, to great schools, to myriad coffee shops and parks.

Keep reading to learn more about the top 50 conservative places to live in the U.S.

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#50. Pewaukee City, Wisconsin

- Population: 14,561
- Median household income: $105,768
- Median home value: $336,400
- Median rent: $1,357
- Percent of people who own a home: 83%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#49. Bridgewater, Virginia

- Population: 6,090
- Median household income: $62,585
- Median home value: $6,090
- Median rent: $942
- Percent of people who own a home: 64%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#48. Cottleville, Missouri

- Population: 5,439
- Median household income: $124,310
- Median home value: $348,400
- Median rent: $1,305
- Percent of people who own a home: 85%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#47. Athens, West Virginia

- Population: 991
- Median household income: $52,760
- Median home value: $991
- Median rent: $700
- Percent of people who own a home: 73%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#46. New Bremen, Ohio

- Population: 2,798
- Median household income: $80,521
- Median home value: $2,798
- Median rent: $630
- Percent of people who own a home: 81%
- Area feel: Rural

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#45. Wilmore, Kentucky

- Population: 6,339
- Median household income: $65,964
- Median home value: $164,000
- Median rent: $832
- Percent of people who own a home: 45%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#44. Signal Mountain, Tennessee

- Population: 8,574
- Median household income: $109,611
- Median home value: $338,100
- Median rent: $1,841
- Percent of people who own a home: 88%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#43. Bridgeport, West Virginia

- Population: 8,675
- Median household income: $84,295
- Median home value: $8,675
- Median rent: $1,132
- Percent of people who own a home: 74%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#42. Boise Heights, Idaho

- Population: 1,479
- Median household income: $90,969
- Median home value: $621,392
- Median rent: $1,017
- Percent of people who own a home: 75%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#41. Wetherington, Ohio

- Population: 1,271
- Median household income: $130,521
- Median home value: $464,100
- Median rent: $1,207
- Percent of people who own a home: 82%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#40. Five Points, Ohio

- Population: 1,600
- Median household income: $136,394
- Median home value: $266,900
- Median rent: null
- Percent of people who own a home: 100%
- Area feel: Rural

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#39. North Sycamore, California

- Population: 45
- Median household income: $160,724
- Median home value: $1,476,600
- Median rent: $1,654
- Percent of people who own a home: 92%
- Area feel: Dense suburban

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#38. Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

- Population: 31,361
- Median household income: $108,160
- Median home value: $315,900
- Median rent: $1,318
- Percent of people who own a home: 78%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#37. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

- Population: 1,588
- Median household income: $117,083
- Median home value: $1,588
- Median rent: $1,269
- Percent of people who own a home: 82%
- Area feel: Dense suburban

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#36. Crestwood, Kentucky

- Population: 5,034
- Median household income: $98,345
- Median home value: $276,500
- Median rent: $914
- Percent of people who own a home: 78%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#35. Forest, Virginia

- Population: 11,075
- Median household income: $76,101
- Median home value: $11,075
- Median rent: $909
- Percent of people who own a home: 75%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#34. Springboro, Ohio

- Population: 18,416
- Median household income: $107,403
- Median home value: $236,000
- Median rent: $1,291
- Percent of people who own a home: 87%
- Area feel: Rural

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#33. Webster Township,

- Population: 6,778
- Median household income: $145,833
- Median home value: $6,778
- Median rent: $1,563
- Percent of people who own a home: 97%
- Area feel: Rural

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#32. Nashotah, Wisconsin

- Population: 1,287
- Median household income: $93,750
- Median home value: $354,900
- Median rent: $1,208
- Percent of people who own a home: 95%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#31. Fleming Island, Florida

- Population: 30,582
- Median household income: $101,685
- Median home value: $278,300
- Median rent: $1,464
- Percent of people who own a home: 86%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#30. Landen, Ohio

- Population: 7,882
- Median household income: $90,661
- Median home value: $209,600
- Median rent: $1,205
- Percent of people who own a home: 89%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#29. Weddington, North Carolina

- Population: 11,000
- Median household income: $144,718
- Median home value: $476,400
- Median rent: $1,108
- Percent of people who own a home: 96%
- Area feel: Rural

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#28. Gambier, Ohio

- Population: 2,339
- Median household income: $78,864
- Median home value: $2,339
- Median rent: $670
- Percent of people who own a home: 63%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#27. Seabrook, Texas

- Population: 13,849
- Median household income: $89,885
- Median home value: $267,000
- Median rent: $1,294
- Percent of people who own a home: 55%
- Area feel: Dense suburban

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#26. Bainbridge, Ohio

- Population: 7,951
- Median household income: $111,703
- Median home value: $314,000
- Median rent: $3,501
- Percent of people who own a home: 92%
- Area feel: Suburban rural mix

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#25. Medina, Minnesota

- Population: 6,549
- Median household income: $156,563
- Median home value: $547,900
- Median rent: $1,355
- Percent of people who own a home: 94%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#24. South Russell, Ohio

- Population: 3,761
- Median household income: $133,750
- Median home value: $353,600
- Median rent: $1,738
- Percent of people who own a home: 97%
- Area feel: Rural

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#23. Meadowbrook, Alabama

- Population: 10,110
- Median household income: $120,625
- Median home value: $293,200
- Median rent: $1,188
- Percent of people who own a home: 88%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#22. Longfellow, North Dakota

- Population: 2,625
- Median household income: $133,733
- Median home value: $292,961
- Median rent: $945
- Percent of people who own a home: 99%
- Area feel: Sparse urban

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#21. Seven Fields, Pennsylvania

- Population: 2,762
- Median household income: $105,208
- Median home value: $323,700
- Median rent: $1,716
- Percent of people who own a home: 67%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#20. Barrington Hills, Illinois

- Population: 4,156
- Median household income: $157,414
- Median home value: $759,800
- Median rent: $2,732
- Percent of people who own a home: 93%
- Area feel: Rural

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#19. Thiensville, Wisconsin

- Population: 3,149
- Median household income: $73,846
- Median home value: $254,700
- Median rent: $1,051
- Percent of people who own a home: 68%
- Area feel: Dense suburban

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#18. Lookout Mountain, Georgia

- Population: 1,629
- Median household income: $122,222
- Median home value: $372,000
- Median rent: $1,063
- Percent of people who own a home: 87%
- Area feel: Rural

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#17. Larkin Charter Township, Michigan

- Population: 5,410
- Median household income: $114,318
- Median home value: $222,700
- Median rent: $1,078
- Percent of people who own a home: 97%
- Area feel: Rural

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#16. Murrysville, Pennsylvania

- Population: 19,692
- Median household income: $102,189
- Median home value: $260,900
- Median rent: $1,350
- Percent of people who own a home: 90%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#15. Palm Valley, Florida

- Population: 20,540
- Median household income: $108,580
- Median home value: $492,200
- Median rent: $1,429
- Percent of people who own a home: 77%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#14. Nocatee, Florida

- Population: 16,914
- Median household income: $124,821
- Median home value: $419,400
- Median rent: $1,974
- Percent of people who own a home: 89%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#13. Fort Thomas, Kentucky

- Population: 16,335
- Median household income: $80,549
- Median home value: $230,300
- Median rent: $892
- Percent of people who own a home: 71%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#12. McMurray, Pennsylvania

- Population: 4,167
- Median household income: $142,000
- Median home value: $331,000
- Median rent: $1,113
- Percent of people who own a home: 98%
- Area feel: Rural

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#11. Indian Springs Village, Alabama

- Population: 2,618
- Median household income: $120,313
- Median home value: $400,000
- Median rent: null
- Percent of people who own a home: 94%
- Area feel: Rural

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#10. Cedarburg, Wisconsin

- Population: 11,592
- Median household income: $79,868
- Median home value: $325,300
- Median rent: $887
- Percent of people who own a home: 71%
- Area feel: Dense suburban

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#9. Brentwood, Tennessee

- Population: 42,700
- Median household income: $160,174
- Median home value: $682,100
- Median rent: $2,033
- Percent of people who own a home: 90%
- Area feel: Rural

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#8. Lodi Township, Michigan

- Population: 6,551
- Median household income: $123,942
- Median home value: $6,551
- Median rent: $956
- Percent of people who own a home: 98%
- Area feel: Rural

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#7. Mason, Ohio

- Population: 33,592
- Median household income: $104,462
- Median home value: $313,400
- Median rent: $1,381
- Percent of people who own a home: 79%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#6. Zionsville, Indiana

- Population: 28,035
- Median household income: $137,265
- Median home value: $406,800
- Median rent: $1,408
- Percent of people who own a home: 85%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#5. Brookfield, Wisconsin

- Population: 38,626
- Median household income: $107,380
- Median home value: $331,500
- Median rent: $1,495
- Percent of people who own a home: 85%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#4. Kohler, Wisconsin

- Population: 2,016
- Median household income: $98,500
- Median home value: $2,016
- Median rent: $1,125
- Percent of people who own a home: 91%
- Area feel: Rural

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#3. Elm Grove, Wisconsin

- Population: 6,156
- Median household income: $112,500
- Median home value: $395,500
- Median rent: $998
- Percent of people who own a home: 91%
- Area feel: Dense suburban

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#2. Cherry Hill Estates, Kansas

- Population: 424
- Median household income: $135,570
- Median home value: $297,330
- Median rent: null
- Percent of people who own a home: 97%
- Area feel: Sparse suburban

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#1. Cave Springs, Arkansas

- Population: 4,859
- Median household income: $133,981
- Median home value: $305,300
- Median rent: $1,595
- Percent of people who own a home: 95%
- Area feel: Rural

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