Ranking America's cities from most conservative to least: Mesa, Arizona takes the top spot

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Ranking America's cities from most conservative to least: Mesa, Arizona takes the top spot

1. Most Conservative: Mesa, Arizona

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2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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3. Virginia Beach, Virginia

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4. Colorado Springs, Colorado

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5. Jacksonville, Florida

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7. Anaheim, California

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8. Omaha, Nebraska

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9. Tulsa, Oklahoma


10. Aurora, Colorado

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11. Anchorage, Alaska

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12. Fort Worth, Texas

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13. Fresno, California

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14. Corpus Christi, Texas

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15. San Antonio, Texas

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16. Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee

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17. Wichita, Kansas

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18. Las Vegas, Nevada

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19. Phoenix, Arizona

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20. Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky


21. Riverside, California

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22. El Paso, Texas

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23. Louisville, Kentucky

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24. Indianapolis, Indiana

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25. Tampa, Florida

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26. Charlotte, North Carolina


27. Toledo, Ohio

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28. Houston, Texas

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30. Cincinnati, Ohio

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31. Tuscon, Arizona

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33. Dallas, Texas

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34. Columbus, Ohio

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35. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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36. Long Beach, California

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37. Raleigh, North Carolina


38. San Jose, California


39. Sacramento, California


40. Memphis, Tennessee


41. San Diego, California

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42. Honolulu, Hawaii

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43. Kansas City, Missouri

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44. Cleveland, Ohio

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45. Miami, Florida

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46. Atlanta, Georgia

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47. Newark, New Jersey

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48. Denver, Colorado

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49. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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50. Los Angeles, California

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51. New Orleans, Louisiana

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52. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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53. St. Louis, Missouri

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54. Austin, Texas

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55. St. Paul, Minnesota


56. Portland, Oregon

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57. Chicago, Illinois

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58. Baltimore, Maryland

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59. Buffalo, New York

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60. New York, New York

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61. Detroit, Michigan

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62. Minneapolis, Minnesota


63. Boston, Massachusetts

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64. Oakland, California

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65. Seattle, Washington

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66. Washington, D.C. 

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67. Least Conservative: San Francisco, California

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A recent survey has ranked the nation's cities from most to least conservative.

The MIT paper "Representation in Municipal Government" found that Mesa, Arizona, is the most conservative city in America. The most liberal, not surprisingly, is San Francisco.

The study ranked all U.S. cities with a population over 250,000 based on local government policies and positions.

Cities with a higher ratio of conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats ranked near the top. San Francisco, with a heavily Democratic city council, came in last.

Oklahoma City, Virginia Beach, Colorado Springs and Jacksonville rounded out the top five among most conservative.

Washington, D.C., Seattle, Oakland and Boston finished off the five least conservative cities.

New York City ranked as the eighth-least conservative, Chicago came in three spots behind.

Also taken into account are the political parties of elected officials such as the mayor, city council members, term limits and ballot initiatives.

Where does your city rank? Find out in the slideshow above.

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