Colorado's second-largest city is among the ten most politically conservative cities of its size in the country.
The nonpartisan California group -- the Bay Area Center for Voting Research -- says Colorado Springs ranked as the sixth most conservative city out of 237 cities with at least 100,000 residents. It was the largest city in the top 12.
The results surprised the group because it had believed that larger cities were generally more liberal than smaller cities.
Rankings were based on each city's 2004 presidential vote, the one race contested in every place surveyed.
Other Colorado cities that were ranked were Arvada (61); Westminster (79); Lakewood (85); Pueblo (107); Fort Collins (108); Aurora (161); and Denver (189).