Florida is a populous, diversified state with a broad spectrum of political beliefs. Nonetheless, a new ranking by the website RoadSnacks, which examines data on a variety of subjects, indicates that certain Sunshine State cities are more conservative than others. The ranking was determined by analyzing the voting patterns of every city with a population of five thousand or more in previous elections using Saturday Night Science, a technique that gauges a location’s political inclinations based on its population, geography, and culture.
The Most Conservative City in Florida: Macclenny
Based on the ranking, Macclenny, a small community in Northeast Florida with 6,414 residents, is the most conservative city in Florida. Situated in Baker County, Macclenny lies six miles south of the Georgia border and 28 miles west of Jacksonville. The majority of voters in the city, who make up 78.95 percent of the population, supported Republican candidates in the most recent elections.
Macclenny is a rural community with a thriving forestry and agricultural industry. Additionally, the city is home to the state penitentiary Baker Correctional Institution, which employs a large number of residents. Macclenny has a high standard of living, a low crime rate, and a cheap cost of living. The yearly Baker County Fair, which includes live entertainment, carnival rides, and livestock displays, is the city’s biggest event.
The Runner-Up: Live Oak
Live Oak, a small city in North Florida with 6,974 residents, is the second most conservative city in Florida. Suwannee County is home to Live Oak, which is situated 82 miles east of Tallahassee and 76 miles west of Jacksonville. Given that the city is 77.9 percent conservative, the majority of its citizens supported Republican candidates in the most recent elections.
Founded in 1858, Live Oak is a historic community that saw use in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a railroad hub. Today, the city serves as a hub for trade and tourism for the region, which is abundant in natural resources and tourist destinations. Every year at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak is well-known for being the site of the biggest country music event in the South, the Suwannee River Jam.
The Rest of the Top 10
The following cities are included in the list of Florida’s top ten most conservative cities:
- Perry, a city in Taylor County with a population of 6,847 and a conservative percentage of 76.5.
- Starke, a city in Bradford County with a population of 5,411 and a conservative percentage of 75.8.
- DeFuniak Springs, a city in Walton County with a population of 6,284 and a conservative percentage of 75.4.
- Freeport, a city in Walton County with a population of 2,658 and a conservative percentage of 75.4.
- Fernandina Beach, a city in Nassau County with a population of 12,558 and a conservative percentage of 72.4.
- Gulf Breeze, a city in Santa Rosa County with a population of 6,466 and a conservative percentage of 72.4.
- Milton, a city in Santa Rosa County with a population of 10,269 and a conservative percentage of 72.4.
- Lake City, a city in Columbia County with a population of 12,137 and a conservative percentage of 72.1.
Although political views and inclinations vary throughout the state of Florida, certain cities are more conservative than others. According to a RoadSnacks ranking, Macclenny is the most conservative city in Florida, followed by Live Oak and Perry. These cities, which are primarily in North Florida, are traditional and rural in nature. Additionally, they are ardent supporters of the Republican Party and its principles.