With Fourth of July celebrations likely to be more subdued than usual this year due to COVID-19, and people protesting police brutality all across the U.S., the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2020’s Most Patriotic States in America.
To determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. Their data set ranges from the state’s military enlistees and veterans to the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.
The key metrics were voter turnout, civics education requirements, jury duty participation and active duty military personnel.
The survey found New Hampshire as the most patriotic state followed by Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska and Maryland.
New Jersey was ranked dead last followed by New York, California, Texas and West Virginia.
Oklahoma entered the survey at number 36.
- Red states are more patriotic, with an average ranking of 23.73, compared with 28.15 for blue states (1 = Best).
- 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.
For the complete survey including all 50 states click here.