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America's true heartbeat: Texas is declared the most patriotic state in the U.S.

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Texas is home to five of the 10 most patriotic cities in the country.

Nearly every city in America is rolling out the red-white-and-blue carpet this weekend, but a recent survey reveals Texas towns are patriotic year-round. According to, 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.

Houston is the America's 10th most patriotic city, but has some catching up to do in Texas itself. San Antonio earned the highest ranking in the Lone Star State at No. 2 in the country. Austin was No. 3, followed by Fort Worth (No. 4), El Paso (No. 8) and then Houston. 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.

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