STUDY: Red States FAR More Patriotic Than Blue States


The credit and financial website WalletHub has its annual study on just what states exhibit the most patriotism and, unsurprisingly, it appears that states that are majority Republican are far more patriotic than Democrat infested states.

WalletHub again finds that the “red states” are more patriotic than the “blue states” one.

“Expressions of American patriotism come in many forms — from setting off fireworks during the Fourth of July and buying American-made goods to paying taxes and serving in the armed forces,” WalletHub wrote of its study. “But some states are better than others at showing their national pride,” WalletHub said.

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WalletHub compared all 50 states based on 13 indicators of patriotism, including how many citizens in each state have enlisted in the military, how many bothered to vote in the 2016 presidential election, and who volunteered with large volunteer organizations like AmeriCorps.

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WalletHub also awarded points on voter turnout, civic education requirements in schools, jury duty participation, and active-duty military personnel.

Still, while conservative states won out over liberal states for patriotism, the list of the top ten was a bit more mixed.

The Top Ten most patriotic states according to the criteria are, from one to ten, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Vermont, Utah, Idaho, Wisconsin, Alaska, South Carolina, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Rounding out the Top 20 are North Dakota, Montana, Maine, Virginia, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Alabama, and Florida.

The states ranking at the bottom of the list for patriotism — 46 to 50 — are, in order, Texas, West Virginia, California, New York, and New Jersey.

Some other statistics from the study include:

  • Alaska has the most veterans per 1,000 civilian adults, 127, which is 2.4 times more than in New York, the state with the fewest at 54.
  • Maine has the highest share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election, 72.68 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at 47.27 percent.
  • Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 51.00 percent, which is 2.2 times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest at 22.80 percent

Now, remember, the criteria was aimed to try and make sure not all red states dominated the list. After all, WalletHub is a financial service, not a partisan organization. They are trying to appeal to everyone, not just conservatives.

But even with the criteria rigged to try and even the playing field, the red states still dominated.

That should tell you something.

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