With Fourth of July celebrations likely to be more subdued than usual this year due to COVID-19, and people protesting police brutality all across the U.S., the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2020’s Most Patriotic States in America.
To determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. Our data set ranges from the state’s military enlistees and veterans to the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita. Below are some additional highlights from the report.
Americans may feel their patriotism dampened this year amid the recent surge of protests against police brutality. Many people may find it hard to celebrate a country in which racist incidents persist. However, an expression of love for fellow citizens is patriotic in itself., according to Adam McCann, financial writer for WalletHub.
These protests come on the heels of another crisis that has made it difficult to have big displays of patriotism: the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus has ravaged the U.S. and kept Americans apart from one another for months. While many states are starting to reopen, it’s unlikely that on July 4th we’ll see many grand parades, fireworks displays attended by hundreds of people, or massive cookouts celebrating our independence, since any of those activities could lead to a resurgence in the virus.
Top 20 Most Patriotic States
1. New Hampshire
7. North Dakota
10. South Carolina
- Red states are more patriotic, with an average ranking of 23.73, compared with 28.15 for blue states (1 = Best).
- Alaska has the most veterans per 1,000 civilian adults, 127, which is 2.4 times more than in New York, the state with the fewest at 54.
- Maine has the highest share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election, 72.68 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at 47.27 percent.
- Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 51.00 percent, which is 2.2 times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest at 22.80 percent.
To view the full report and your state’s rank, click here.
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