2019’s Most Patriotic States in America
Expressions of American patriotism come in many forms — from setting off fireworks during Fourth of July and buying American-made goods to paying taxes and serving in the armed forces. But some states are better than others at showing their national pride.
So in order to determine where Americans bleed the most red, white and blue, WalletHub compared the states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. Our data set ranges from share of enlisted military population to share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita. Read on for our findings, expert commentary and a full description of our methodology.
Most Patriotic States in America
(1 = Most Patriotic)
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Patriotism can be a complex subject, depending on who’s involved in the discussion. For insight, we asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts on the following key questions:
- What are the characteristics of a good patriot?
- What is the relative influence of economic incentives versus patriotic intentions when deciding whether to join the military? Has this changed over time?
- Is there a link between socio-economic class and level of patriotism?
- When evaluating the most patriotic states in America, what are the top five indicators?
- Has there been a shift in the way younger generations perceive and express their patriotism?
- Should we be raising our children as global citizens first or as Americans first?
- What measures should schools and local authorities undertake in order to promote patriotism among citizens?
To determine the most patriotic states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across two key dimensions, “Military Engagement” and “Civic Engagement.”
We evaluated those dimensions using 13 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of patriotism.
Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.
Military Engagement – Total Points: 25
- Average Military Enlistees per 1,000 Civilian Adults Between 2012 & 2017 (No Prior Service): Triple Weight (~12.50 Points)
- Veterans per 1,000 Civilian Adults: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
- Active-Duty Military Personnel per 100,000 Civilian Adults: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
- Share of Civilian Adult Population in Military Reserves: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
Civic Engagement – Total Points: 75
- Share of Adults Who Voted in 2016 Presidential Election: Triple Weight (~22.50 Points)
- Share of Adults Who Voted in 2016 Primary Elections: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
- Volunteer Rate: Half Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Volunteer Hours per Resident: Half Weight (~3.75 Points)
- AmeriCorps Volunteers per Capita: Half Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Peace Corps Volunteers per Capita: Half Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Trial- & Grand-Jury Participation per Civilian Adult Population: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
- Share of Residents Who Participate in Groups or Organizations (Civic Life): Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
- Civics Education Requirement: Double Weight (~15.00 Points)
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Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Manpower Data Center, Corporation for National & Community Service, Peace Corps, Military OneSource, United States Elections Project, Administrative Office of the United States Courts and Center for American Progress.
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