The map below shows the political leanings of people in and around North Dakota. Darker red areas have almost entirely Republican voters, dark blue areas vote mostly for Democrats, and areas in lighter shades or in light purple are areas where the vote is usually split between parties.

North Dakota map of Democratic vs. Republican areas

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Very liberal
Split evenly
Very conservative


North Dakota tends to be republican based on voting results in recent elections. Compared to other nearby states, North Dakota has more republican voters. Compared to the nation as a whole, North Dakota leans more republican.

Highly educated populations with bachelor’s degrees or higher tend to vote for more liberal candidates. In North Dakota, 30.07% of all adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Educated women are far less likely to vote for conservatives, and in North Dakota women make up 48.67% of the population.

Older Americans tend to vote more conservatively. Members of the Boomer and Silent generations (born 1928-1964) more often vote for republicans while GenX, Millennials (born 1965-1996) and younger generations consistently support democrats. The median age in North Dakota is 37.3, which is younger than the national median age of 38.1.

Is North Dakota a political battleground? Across all types of political contests in North Dakota, including state, local and presidential elections, races come within five percentage points 10% of the time.

Note: Federal, local, and state elections are weighed based on the recency of the election and the importance most voters assign to each seat.

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