Virginia was ranked the most patriotic state when military and civic engagement were examined in a recent study.
WalletHub examined all 50 states across 13 categories, including each state’s number of active military personnel, veteran population, voters, volunteers, and more to determine their patriotism ranking.
Virginia was given the third-highest score for military engagement as it has the second-most veterans per capita and also the eighth-highest score for civic engagement for being home to the fourth-most Peace Corps volunteers per capita.
The top 10 also included Montana, Alaska, North Dakota, Maine, Vermont, Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Hampshire.
Last year, Alaska was ranked the No. 1 most patriotic state by the same firm. This year, Georgia reported the most military enlistees, which was three times more than North Dakota, which reported the lowest. New Jersey had the highest percentage of adults who voted in 2020 at two times more than Arkansas, which ranked last. Utah had the highest volunteering rate, which was three times that of Florida, which had the lowest rate of volunteering.
When the states were designated Republican or Democratic based on how they voted in the 2020 election, Democratic states were slightly more patriotic than Republican ones. For example, Hawaii, a state President Joe Biden won, is home to the fifth most veterans and military enlistees. Similarly, Maine had the fourth-highest volunteering rate.
Meanwhile, the 10 least patriotic states were, in descending order, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Wisconsin, Indiana, Florida, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Arkansas, which was notably also the least patriotic, according to WalletHub’s study in 2022. Wisconsin was not in the bottom ten last year but dropped in patriotism this year.
Even though New Jersey had the highest voter turnout by percentage, it reported the second smallest veteran population per capita. Massachusetts was ranked in the bottom five for military enlistees and veteran population.
According to Wallethub, 87% of Americans will gather on July 4 to celebrate the holiday.