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

USA, Arizona, Mesa, cityscape, aerial view. (Brian Stablyk, Getty Images)

2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

USA, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, elevated city skyline with Devon Tower, dusk. (Walter Bibikow, Getty Images)

3. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Resort Beach - Virgina Beach, Virginia (Anne Rippy, Getty)

4. Colorado Springs, Colorado

This is the skyline of Colorado Springs looking west towards Pikes Peak. El Paso county has been hit hard by the TABOR tax and the economy. The story is about the crippling financial problems that have disrupted city and county government in Colorado springs, and the impact the situation is having. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

5. Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida and the St. Johns River. Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by population as well as the largest city by area in the contiguous United State.

7. Anaheim, California

North America, United States of America, California, Anaheim. (Richard Cummins, Getty)

8. Omaha, Nebraska

USA, Nebraska, Omaha, Gene Leahy Mall, skyine, dawn. (Walter Bibikow, Getty)

9. Tulsa, Oklahoma

High angle view of buildings in a city, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. (Getty)

10. Aurora, Colorado

Aurora, CO, Dever suburb. (Ted Wood, Getty)

11. Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage Alaska downtown skyline. (Blue Poppy via Getty)

12. Fort Worth, Texas

North America, United States of America, Texas, Fort Worth. (Richard Cummins, Getty)

13. Fresno, California

Fresno is a city in central California, United States, the county seat of Fresno County. It is the fifth largest city in California, the largest inland city in California. (Denis Jr. Tangney, Getty)

14. Corpus Christi, Texas

(via Flickr)

15. San Antonio, Texas

Buildings stand in the skyline of downtown San Antonio, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Localities in Texas, home to seven of the nation's 15 fastest-growing cities, are bearing the financial burden as the state gains 1,000 residents a day. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

16. Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee

Nashville skyline from the Shelby Street Bridge. (Jon Hicks, Getty)

17. Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas, United States, North America. (John Elk, Getty)

18. Las Vegas, Nevada

High Angle View of Paris Hotel and Casino. (Mitchell Funk, Getty)

19. Phoenix, Arizona

Downtown Phoenix. (Jeremy Woodhouse, Getty)

20. Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky

Downtown Lexington Skyline. Lexington is the second largest city in Kentucky, and most famous for the Kentucky Derby Race, and is known as 'The Horse Capitol of the World.' (Getty)

21. Riverside, California

Full moon rises at dusk behind Box Springs Mountain and skyline of downtown Riverside, California. (Erin Lowenbach, Getty)

22. El Paso, Texas

Panoramic view of skyline and downtown El Paso Texas looking toward Juarez, Mexico (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)

23. Louisville, Kentucky

USA, Kentucky, Louisville, full moon over skyline at dusk. (Kevin R. Morris, Getty)

24. Indianapolis, Indiana

USA, Indiana, Indianapolis, city skyline from White River Park. (Walter Bibikow, Getty)

25. Tampa, Florida

USA, Florida, Tampa, skyline. (Lee Foster, Getty)

26. Charlotte, North Carolina

Aerial view of Charlotte. (Getty)

27. Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio skyline with a bridge and the Maumee River in the foreground. (David Liu, Getty)

28. Houston, Texas

Houston Skyline. (Jeremy Woodhouse, Getty)

30. Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati skyline from top of Roebling Bridge. (Adam Jones, Getty)

31. Tuscon, Arizona

Downtown, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America, North America. (Wendy Connett)

33. Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, United States, North America. (Witold Skrypczak, Getty)

34. Columbus, Ohio

Skyline of downtown Columbus, Ohio with the Scioto River in the foreground. (Matt Kazmierski, Getty)

35. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Downtown & Milwaukee River riverwalk from historic Third Ward. Milwaukee. Wisconsin, USA. (Walter Bibikow, Getty)

36. Long Beach, California

Long Beach Sunset. (Michael Harbison, Getty)

37. Raleigh, North Carolina

Skyline of Raleigh. (Getty)

38. San Jose, California

San Jose City Limit sign, San Jose, Silicon Valley (Getty)

39. Sacramento, California

Downtown buildings at the waterfront, Sacramento River, Sacramento, California, USA 2012. (Getty)

40. Memphis, Tennessee

Illuminated signs on Beale Street in Memphis. (Getty)

41. San Diego, California

San Diego California USA (Walter Bibikow, Getty)

42. Honolulu, Hawaii

Waikiki beach and diamond head crater at sunset in Waikiki, honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA. (M.M. Sweet, Getty)

43. Kansas City, Missouri

Union Station and downtown Kansas City MO at dusk. (Edwin Remsberg, Getty)

44. Cleveland, Ohio

USA, Ohio, Cleveland, downtown skyline. (Alan Copson, Getty)

45. Miami, Florida

Downtown Miami seen few moments before the sunrise. (Giorgio Fochesato, Getty)

46. Atlanta, Georgia

Financial district of midtown Atlanta reflected in the lake of Piedmont Park. (Giorgio Fochesato, Getty)

47. Newark, New Jersey

The Bridge Street Bridge, Passaic River and Newark skyline are seen from Harrison, New Jersey, U.S., on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. New Jersey's economic recovery is lagging behind the nation, Moody's Investors Service said in an April 27 report. The company cited the slow recovery as one reason it downgraded the state's bond rating to Aa3, the fourth-highest level. (Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

48. Denver, Colorado

USA, Colorado, Denver, city view and Rocky Mountains from the east, dawn. (Walter Bibikow, Getty)

49. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

USA, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, skyline and bridges, dusk. (Jerry Driendl, Getty)

50. Los Angeles, California

Blurred car lights on freeway in downtown Los Angeles. (Mitchell Funk, Getty)

51. New Orleans, Louisiana

Aerial view of New Orleans at night, Louisiana, USA. (Paul Taylor, Getty)

52. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia skyline, Pennsylvania, USA (John Greim, Getty)

53. St. Louis, Missouri

The Arch, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. (James Montgomery, Getty)

54. Austin, Texas

Capital city of Texas - located on banks of Lady Bird Lake, formed by the Colorado River, spanned by the Ann W. Richards Commerce Bridge, home to the world's largest urban bat population - city center skyline of Austin, Texas - USA. (Don Klumpp, Getty)

55. St. Paul, Minnesota

This August 25, 2011 photo shows the skyline of St. Paul, Minnesota. St.Paul is the capital and second-most populous city in Minnesota. The city lies mostly on the north bank of the Mississippi River, downstream of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state's largest city. Known as the 'Twin Cities', these two cities form the core of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.5 million residents. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

56. Portland, Oregon

Old pilings and the Hawthorne bridge frame downtown Portland, OR. (Larry Gloth, Getty)

57. Chicago, Illinois

Overhead view of Chicago River at night. (Chris Strong, Getty)

58. Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore akyline from Historic Federal Hill Park. (Greg Pease, Getty)

59. Buffalo, New York

The waterfront and city of Buffalo, New York as seen from the inner harbor. (Photo by: Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

60. New York, New York

The New York City skyline is seen behind the Brooklyn Bridge on March 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

61. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit & Detroit River in Michigan. (Gary Cralle, Getty)

62. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Third Avenue-Central Avenue Bridge, Mississippi River. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reflections at dusk. (Getty)

63. Boston, Massachusetts

Marina at Charles River in front of high rise buildings, Boston, Massachussetts, USA, America. (Franz Marc, Getty)

64. Oakland, California

Aerial view of Oakland, CA. (Woodward Payne, Getty)

65. Seattle, Washington

View of downtown Seattle skyline with Mount Rainier in the background, Seattle, Washington. (Bryan Mullennix, Getty)

66. Washington, D.C. 

United States, Washington DC. (Dennis Johnson, Getty)

67. Least Conservative: San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge framing the San Francisco Skyline. (Mitchell Funk, Getty)



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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