Alaska has been named the nation’s most patriotic state, according to a new report published by WalletHub.
On Monday, the personal finance website reported the results of a study that assessed each state’s patriotism using 13 different indicators, all of which fell into two categories: military commitment or civic commitment.
These indicators, which ranged from a state’s comparison of military enlistees and veterans to the share of adults who voted in the 2020 presidential election, were weighted using a 100-point scale, a score of 100 representing the highest level of patriotism.
While some states may score higher on some indicators of patriotism — for example, New Jersey had the highest share of adults who voted in the 2020 presidential election — that wouldn’t necessarily translate to a ranking. overall patriotic high (overall, the Garden State recorded at 38).
Overall, the financial website found that, on average, blue states were more patriotic — based on their indicators — than red states, with predominantly Republican states earning an average ranking of 24.92 compared to Democratic states averaging 26.08.
Arkansas was determined to be the least patriotic, while Alaska was closely followed by Montana, Virginia, North Dakota and Oregon to hold the title of the nation’s five most patriotic states.
Ahead of Arkansas, New York, Rhode Island, Florida and Massachusetts were the least patriotic, the state with a license plate sporting a patriotic color scheme of red, white and blue next to the slogan “The Spirit from America”.
The report also found that Alaska had the highest level of veterans per capita, while New York had the fewest, and Vermont had the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, while the Alabama had the least.