NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey is the least patriotic state in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by financial information website WalletHub. The Garden State ranked dead last, while nearby New York was just a notch above at No. 49. New Hampshire was rated the most patriotic state.
To determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. The data set included average number of military enlistees in each state, percentage of adults who voted in the 2016 Presidential election, and rates of volunteerism.
"New Jersey ranked low in military engagement because it currently has few military enlistees, just 0.25% of its civilian adult population in military reserves, and the second smallest number of veterans per 1,000 civilian adults in the country," WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez told TAPinto.
Alaska has the most veterans per 1,000 civilian adults, 127, compared to New York, the state with the fewest at 54 (New Jersey ranked second to last). Maine has the highest share of adults who voted in the 2016 Presidential election, 72.7%, while Hawaii was the state with the lowest percentage at 47.3%. Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 51%, compared to Florida, the state with the lowest volunteer rate at 22.8%.
"In terms of civic engagement, the state's volunteer rate is among the lowest in the country at about 25 percent," aded Gonzalez, a New Jersey native. "Plus, only about a third of the state's residents participate in civic groups or organizations, which is actually quite low given their rise in popularity among Millennial groups."
Top 10 Most Patriotic States
- New Hampshire
- South Carolina
Least Patriotic States
43. New Mexico
47. West Virginia
49. New York
50. New Jersey