The ten most conservative cities in California
By Ted Martin, Special to PressCalifornia.com
NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Long perceived as a bastion of progressivism, liberalism and anti-Trumpism, the Golden State has a rich legacy of classic conservatism that surprises many.
Besides giving us Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, California today boasts a sizable number of cities – some rich, some middle-class, some on the coast, some in the valleys, some in the desert – where the majority of residents can be described as traditionally minded conservatives.
Want to live on a red island in a state of blue? It can be done. Here are the top ten conservative cities and towns in the Golden State, based on the percentage of voters in 2018 registered as Republicans or third party conservatives, compared to all voters registered in a party, including Democrats and third party liberal ones.
Newport Beach – 72 percent
Median Household Income: $115,845
Ever since Captain Samuel Dunnells steered a 100-ton steamer into the bay in 1870, this O.C. port has been a paradise in the making. Great weather, beaches. Fashion Island. Can’t afford the multimillion dollar homes? The two best things are for everyone, the Jazz Fest and Gilligan’s Island lagoon.
Yorba Linda – 71 percent
Median Household Income: $119,697
Founded by the Yorba brothers in the 1830, “the Y.L.” is now one of the richest cities in America. It’s pretty quiet and unpretentious compared to much of Orange County. A young Richard Nixon helped his family deliver milk here. Today it houses his presidential library.
San Clemente – 67 percent
Median Household Income: $97,210
The southernmost city in Orange County before the Camp Pendleton Marine Base is known for its Spanish architecture and excellent beaches, golfing, weather – and surfing. The Beach Boys praise its famous surf break, Trestles, in song.
Redding – 66 percent
Median Household Income: $44,573
Located near the base of Mt. Shasta, Redding has attracted many wealthy Southern Californians looking for a rural escape. The honorary capital of the liberty-minded “State of Jefferson,” the town boasts the world’s largest sundial, an architectural masterpiece that spans the Sacramento River.
Yucaipa – 65.9 percent
Median Household Income: $55,700
Ten miles east of San Bernardino, at an elevation of almost 3,000 feet, the town is at the base of the often snow capped San Bernardino Mountains. Its name comes from the Serrano Indian word Yucaipat, which means “green valley,” a tribute to the many mountain-fed creeks and springs in the area.
Murrieta – 65 percent
Median Household Income: $76,149
One of the fastest growing cities in the state, this warm desert town near Temecula is largely residential in character. Many San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County commuters live in the so-called “Gem of the Valley.”
Rancho Santa Margarita – 64.5
Median Household Income: $104,556
One of Orange County’s youngest city, this planned community is located in rolling hills near Mission Viejo. Also known as “RSM,” it boasts the longest city name in California.
Temecula – 64.4 percent
Median Household Income: $83,840
North of San Diego and south of Los Angeles, this desert town is quite family friendly. Clean air, lots of Prius cars, baseball and soccer youth leagues and, compared to much of the region, affordable housing. Of note, the surprisingly good wine country.
Clovis – 64 percent
Median Household Income: $64,640
An ag town near Fresno and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Clovis was ranked No. 1 in California in places to raise a family by NerdWallet.com, which scored school ratings, home values, home ownership costs, household income and income growth.
Lincoln – 63 percent
Median Household Income: $76,354
Located in the Sierra foothills near Sacramento, Lincoln is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation in recent decades. Due to its unique clay deposits, it’s home to Gladding McBean, one of the nation’s premier terra cotta makers.
Sources: California Office of Secretary of State, Sacramento Bee, DataUSA.