Here Are The Country’s Most Patriotic States

You might be surprised to see where Florida lands in this latest ranking
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Fourth of July is around the corner, and families around the United States are planning how and where to celebrate Independence Day. But have you ever been curious about how “patriotic” residents of your state are?

WalletHub just released a study that ranks all 50 states by their level of patriotism. Now, we know you’re asking: On what basis could you possibly rank patriotic states? We’re going to tell you.

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WalletHub gave each state a ranking based on military engagement and civic engagement. Those rankings were determined by 13 relevant metrics including such things as average military enlistees by thousand adults, veterans per thousand adults, share of adults of voted in the 2020 presidential election and the number of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteers.

The suspense is killing you, right?

Virginia was the most patriotic state in the WalletHub study, followed by Montana, Alaska, North Dakota and Maine.

Arkansas was the least patriotic state, followed by Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and – boom – Florida.

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Florida ranked 19th for military engagement, but next to last in civic engagement. Florida ranked dead last in the volunteer rate.

In case you’re wondering how politics played in the ranking, “blue” states were more patriotic than “red” states. The red vs. blue designation is based on how they voted in the 2020 presidential election. That makes Florida a red state even though Democrats slightly outnumbered Republicans in 2020.

Here’s a full list of the Top 10 most patriotic states:

  1. Virginia
  2. Montana
  3. Alaska
  4. North Dakota
  5. Maine
  6. Vermont
  7. Oregon
  8. Colorado
  9. Wyoming
  10. New Hampshire

WalletHub is an online resource that offers daily credit scores and offers other personal finance tools.

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