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The most country-minded city in America might surprise you

The most country-minded city in America might surprise you

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Fort Worth knows how to get in the country state of mind better than any other big city in America. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth CVB

It appears that Cowtown is the most "country-minded" big city in America, while Austin, Houston and Dallas don't fare so well.

In a Facebook study by the real estate site, Fort Worth ranked No. 1 among the 50 largest U.S. cities for being "country-minded." The website looked at 10 topics it deemed "country" such as country music, fishing, hunting, NASCAR, firearms, barbecue, cowboy boots, pickup trucks, rodeos and sweet tea and then ranked the cities based on the percentage of Facebook users in those towns who liked them. Pretty straightforward.

But Fort Worth isn't the only country-minded city in Texas. In fact, San Antonio came in second, thanks to a top rodeo ranking, and El Paso landed at No. 5, with top spots for hunting and cowboy boots. The third and fourth spots went to Tulsa and Oklahoma City, respectively.Fort Worth took the top spot in pickup trucks, with top five finishes for firearms, barbecue, cowboy boots, rodeos and sweet tea. In fact, NASCAR was the only subject in which Fort Worth didn't place in the top 10.

Arlington was the only other Texas city to earn the "real country" label reserved for the top 15. It ranked No. 11 due to a fondness for pickup trucks and cowboy boots.

The bigger, more "cosmopolitan" Texas cities did not fare as well. Houston and Austin took the 16 and 17 spots, respectively, while Dallas limped into last place among Texas towns at No. 26. However, it's all good enough for a "somewhat country" moniker.

As for the least country-minded cities in America, it's a veritable collection of Yankees and California hippies. Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and New York City placed 46 through 49. In dead last was San Francisco, which ranked 50th or close to it in every category but rodeos. Apparently those Yankee eyes have never eyed the prize that some people call manly footwear.

Here is the complete list of the 15 most country-minded cities in America:

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Arlington, Texas
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Kansas City, Missouri