A new study from WalletHub declares Washington to be the 6th most patriotic state in the country. In order to determine levels of patriotism, WalletHub’s data team compared 13 indicators that included the share of the enlisted military, the share of adults who voted in the latest presidential election, and veterans per capita.
A total score in the 13 categories was calculated in order to determine the state rankings. Counting from 5 to 1, the only states determined to be more patriotic than Washington were Colorado, South Carolina, Wyoming, Alaska, and the most patriotic state of Virginia. Here’s a list of the Top 10 and Bottom 5:
The categories were split into two subsets, “military engagement” and “civic engagement.” Washington fared exactly the same in both, placing 11th out of the 50 states. Different category weights helped averaged these out to our 6th overall ranking.
Alaska, Hawaii, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia (ordered 1-5) were the top five most patriotic states according to military engagement. Civic engagement had a completely different top five, composed of Vermont, Utah, Maine, New Hampshire, and Minnesota (also ordered 1-5).
Washington’s best category listed was the Most Peace Corps Volunteers Per Capita, trailing only Montana and Vermont. You can check out more detailed statistics on WalletHub’s original article.