WalletHub Ranks States’ Patriotism
So you think you love that red, white and blue? Well, according to WalletHub, more than two dozen other states love it a whole lot more.
The personal finance site has released its 2015 study of the most and least patriotic states in the nation just ahead of Independence Day, and California came in at a measly 35.
To gauge each state’s national pride, Wallet Hub examined factors like voter participation, civic engagement, U.S. military service, and even Google searches for American flags. Virginia took the title as the most patriotic state in America, followed by Washington, Colorado, Idaho, and Alaska. Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Georgia rounded out the top 10.
According to WalletHub, the Commonwealth has one of the highest percentages of military veterans per capita, coming in behind Alaska, Montana, and Maine. Georgia, meanwhile, has the highest percentage of residents who enlisted in the U.S. military in 2013, which earned it triple weight.
California received a “military engagement” score of 31 and a “civic engagement” score of 36, landing it near the middle of this list. The East Coast fared worst, however, with Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York in the bottom three.
Read more about the most and least patriotic states in America here.