Nearly every city in America will roll out the red-white-and-blue carpet this weekend, but a recent survey reveals Texas towns are patriotic year-round. According to Mylife.com, Texas is home to five of the 10 most patriotic cities in the country.
To determine the rankings, researchers analyzed how the 100 most populous cities fared in four categories: percentage of population in the armed forces, total veteran spending, fireworks popularity in July, and percentage of community and social service workers.
San Antonio earned the highest ranking in the Lone Star State at No. 2. Austin was No. 3, followed by Fort Worth (No. 4), El Paso (No. 8) and Houston (No. 10). California was the only other state to have more than one city in the top 10. San Diego took home first place; Long Beach grabbed the No. 7 slot.
Researchers said Fort Worth’s consistency was the biggest factor in its No. 4 ranking. Cowtown didn’t rank better than 20th — or worse than 30th — in any of the four categories.
Although Dallas came in at No. 30 overall, we did best the rest of the Texas cities in the top 10 in one area: A whopping 84 percent of Dallas residents are members of the armed forces. That’s compared to 71 percent (Houston), 43 percent (San Antonio), 38 percent (Austin), 28 percent (Fort Worth) and 8 percent (El Paso).