Alaska most patriotic state in the USA, study says

Alaska was ranked as the most patriotic state in the country in a new report from Wallet Hub published Monday.

Patriotism is a difficult concept to quantify, so the personal finance website compared each state across 13 indicators of patriotism including veterans per capita, average number of military enlistees, Peace Corp members per capita and percentage of adult residents who voted in the 2020 presidential election.

All 13 indicators fell into one of two categories, military engagement and civic engagement, according to the Wallet Hub.

Every city received a grade for each indicator based on a 100-point scale, with 100 being the highest score. Each city’s weighted average across all metrics was then used to calculate each state’s overall score, which study crafters then used to compile their ranking.

So, each state could have a top score for an individual category but come in low on the list of most patriotic states. For example, New Jersey ranked No. 1 for the most adults to vote during the 2020 presidential election but came in at 38 for most overall patriotic state.

Here are the top 10 most patriotic states in the nation according to the report:

  1. Alaska
  2. Montana
  3. Virginia
  4. North Dakota
  5. Oregon
  6. Maryland
  7. Hawaii
  8. Vermont
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Iowa

And here are the 10 least patriotic states:

  1. Arkansas
  2. New York
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Florida
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut
  7. Indiana
  8. Alabama
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Louisiana