Survey Says New Jersey Is the Least Patriotic State in the Country

All that fist pumping apparently isn't for America.

July 4th is just around the corner, and families all over the nation are gearing up to watch some fireworks, proudly wave American flags, and celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave. But it turns out, some states bleed red, white, and blue more than others. Financial services website WalletHub recently released a report on the most patriotic states in America, and it turns out New Jersey has the least U.S. pride.

The report used several key metrics to evaluate national pride, including military engagement, voter turnout, and the volunteer rate. Overall, red states were more patriotic than blue ones, which might explain why the least patriotic states were  New Jersey, followed by New York, and then California. WalletHub noted that New Jersey has some of the fewest veterans per capita, which likely contributed to its low ranking.

Given that they are generally considered to wave their flags high, it's also surprising to note that Texas and West Virginia actually ranked as the fourth and fifth least patriotic states in the nation, perhaps in part due to their low voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election.

On the other end of the spectrum, the most patriotic state in the country, according to WalletHub's findings, was New Hampshire, followed by Wyoming, Vermont, and Utah. New Hampshire had one of the highest voter turnouts for the last presidential election, Wyoming had some of the most veterans per capita, and Utah had the highest volunteer rate.

If your state didn't rank very high, don't despair. There are many ways to show your patriotism, such as visiting a national park or supporting the country's veterans. And for more on America's finest, check out This Is the Best State for Military Retirees.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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