All 50 States, Ranked By Patriotism


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All 50 States, Ranked By Patriotism

Let’s just get to it, folks. The people over at Wallet Hub set out to determine which states were the most and least patriotic in the country, based on military engagement (percentage of enlisted residents, percentage of veterans per capita, percentage of military personnel) and civic engagement (percentage of people who voted, volunteer rate, percentage of people in the Peace Corps, Google searches for American flags, and civics education requirement).

The results were relatively unsurprising.

Source: WalletHub
  1. Virginia
  2. Washington
  3. Colorado
  4. Idaho
  5. Alaska
  6. Maine
  7. North Carolina
  8. New Hampshire
  9. South Carolina
  10. Georgia
  11. Missouri
  12. Montana
  13. Alabama
  14. Florida
  15. Oregon
  16. Nebraska
  17. Ohio
  18. Maryland
  19. Wyoming
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Kansas
  23. South Dakota
  24. Hawaii
  25. Mississippi
  26. New Mexico
  27. Delaware
  28. Michigan
  29. Tennessee
  30. Arizona
  31. Vermont
  32. Iowa
  33. Texas
  34. Minnesota
  35. California
  36. Indiana (Tied for 36)
  37. North Dakota (Tied for 36)
  38. Kentucky
  39. Nevada
  40. Massachusetts
  41. Pennsylvania
  42. Louisiana
  43. Illinois
  44. Connecticut
  45. Arkansas
  46. West Virginia
  47. Utah
  48. Rhode Island
  49. New Jersey
  50. New York

Having lived in New York and New Jersey, uhhh, that actually seems pretty accurate. But like, it’s definitely because we all have foreign parents or grandparents so our love of country is split between old and new, and not because we’re selfish and/or apathetic people, right? Let’s go with that.

Red states were generally more patriotic than blue states, and no one’s surprised. But let’s hold up for one minute and realize that Alaska is the real MVP right now. People forget Alaska is even a state. I had a legitimate argument with my roommate the other day, when she refused to believe that Alaska is almost the size of the entire country when you include its islands (she maintained Texas was the biggest state. I won). And here it is. The middle sister of states, just coming in at number five in terms of patriotism. That’s beautiful.

Let’s all be Alaska this weekend.

[via Wallet Hub]

Veronica (@VeronicaRuckh) is the Director of Total Sorority Move for Grandex, Inc. After having spent her undergraduate years drinking $4 double LITs on a patio and drunk texting away potential suitors, she managed to graduate with an impressive GPA and an unimpressive engagement ring -- so unimpressive, in fact, some might say it's not there at all. Veronica has since been fulfilling her duties as "America's big," a title she gave to herself with the help of her giant ego. She has recently switched from vodka to wine on weekdays. Email her at

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