As July 4th approaches, WalletHub recently
conducted a survey to see which state’s residents
have exhibited the most pride in being American.
While the global health crisis and protests
over systemic racism toward the Black
community have cast a shadow over whatever
patriotism Americans may feel this year.
the personal finance website attempted
to measure that pride through other metrics:
namely military and civic engagement.
Nine professors were consulted for the study and
asked what characteristics make a good patriot.
To gauge military engagement, WalletHub looked
at the average number of military enlistees, veterans,
active military personnel and the civilian adult
population that is in the military reserves.
As far as civic engagement is concerned,
the website looked at the percentage
of adults who voted in the 2016
presidential and primary elections.
They also looked at volunteer rates,
volunteer hours per resident, AmeriCorp
volunteers, Peace Corps volunteers,
and the number of residents who are
involved in a civic organization.
Using these measurements, WalletHub
determined the “most patriotic” states
are, in order, New Hampshire, Wyoming,
Idaho, Alaska and Maryland.
The country’s three most populous
states — California, Texas and
New York — ranked in the bottom four.
The “least patriotic” state, however,
was New Jersey, which ranked second-
to-last in military engagement and in
the bottom 10 in civic engagement