Most Conservative States 2016

Southwest Oklahoma. Photo by Larry Smith.

Below are the New Revere Daily Press’ rankings for the nation’s most conservative states. The rankings were determined by evaluating a variety of factors, including election results, tax burden, and personal/business freedom (or lack of personal/business freedom).

The personal/business freedom score accounted for 50 percent of the total weighted score. In order to determine the personal/business freedom score, we used a number of measures provided by the Cato Institute’s 2016 Freedom in the 50 States report, which can be found here. We did exclude a number of measures in that report, some because of redundancy and others because we felt they were poor measures. For instance, we did not use Cato’s “marriage freedom” score because it is our believe the government should have no role in marriage at all.

The tax burden part of our score accounted for 25 percent of the total score. We relied on WalletHub’s excellent ranking of total tax burden to create our own scores. WalletHub created its rankings by examining property taxes, individual income tax rates, and total sales and gross receipts tax rates. You can read Wallethub’s 2016 ratings here.

The final component (also 25%) of our score is 2012 presidential election results. States that had the most voters for Barack Obama were ranked the lowest. States with the fewest Obama voters were ranked highest. We chose not to use the 2016 election results because of the unique nature of that election. In 2016, many red states voted at higher rates for Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton than usual, and many blue states, notably Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, voted for Republican Donald Trump. We believe because this election was so unique, it would skew our results to use the 2016 results in our final analysis.

To see a breakdown of all our data, check out our more detailed analysis.

PHOTO: Southwest Oklahoma. Photo by Larry Smith.

Most Conservative States

RankingStateTotal Points
1Oklahoma190
2Alaska178
3South Dakota178
4Tennessee177
5Idaho174
6New Hampshire167
7Wyoming167
8Florida156
9Indiana144
10Montana142
11North Dakota142
12Alabama140
13South Carolina139
14Colorado135
15Utah135
16Nevada133
17Arizona132
18Missouri132
19Kansas128
20Virginia123
21Iowa122
22Texas122
23Georgia121
24North Carolina120
25Nebraska117

Conservative Scores for All States, Listed Alphabetically

StateTotal PointsRanking
Alabama14012
Alaska1782
Arizona13217
Arkansas10826
California2248
Colorado13514
Connecticut2646
Delaware9728
Florida1568
Georgia12123
Hawaii949
Idaho1745
Illinois3541
Indiana1449
Iowa12221
Kansas12819
Kentucky9031
Louisiana10427
Maine3442
Maryland2843
Massachusetts6039
Michigan9130
Minnesota5240
Mississippi8334
Missouri13218
Montana14210
Nebraska11725
Nevada13316
New Hampshire1676
New Jersey2547
New Mexico8532
New York750
North Carolina12024
North Dakota14211
Ohio6938
Oklahoma1901
Oregon7237
Pennsylvania9729
Rhode Island2744
South Carolina13913
South Dakota1783
Tennessee1774
Texas12222
Utah13515
Vermont2745
Virginia12320
Washington8235
West Virginia8533
Wisconsin7536
Wyoming1677

 

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