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Company Ranks Connecticut Among The Least Patriotic States — Total BS

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Expressions of American patriotism come in many forms — from setting off fireworks during Fourth of July and buying American-made goods to paying taxes and serving in the armed forces.

But some states are better than others at showing their national pride apparently.

To determine where Americans bleed the most red, white and blue, WalletHub compared the states across a “13 key indicators of patriotism.”

WalletHub is a personal finance company that was launched in 2013. It is based in Washington, D.C. and is owned by a credit card company.

Yes, a credit card company!

They partner with Lenders, Realtors, attorneys and other financial firms.

They also like to rank things.

WalletHub recently released a ranking of the most patriotic states in America, and Connecticut got ranked 45 out of 50 according to their data.

WalletHub said their data set ranges from a share of enlisted military population to share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.

It is safe to say most Nutmeggers think this is total BS.

WalletHub said the number 1 spot went to Virginia.

Here are their most patriotic states:

Overall Rank
(1 = Most Patriotic)
State Total Score ‘Military Engagement’ Rank ‘Civic Engagement’ Rank
1 Virginia 70.48 5 10
2 Alaska 69.98 1 34
3 Wyoming 66.28 9 5
4 South Carolina 64.67 3 26
5 Idaho 62.99 8 11
6 Colorado 62.39 11 9
7 Hawaii 61.18 2 43
8 Washington 59.57 14 13
9 North Carolina 58.95 6 21
10 Georgia 58.76 4 41
11 Maine 58.02 28 3
12 South Dakota 56.57 21 16
13 New Hampshire 55.52 30 7
14 Oklahoma 55.28 7 31
15 Kansas 54.00 16 20
16 Maryland 53.86 26 12
17 Nebraska 53.80 25 14
18 Arizona 52.84 13 29
19 Vermont 52.21 40 1
20 Mississippi 52.15 15 28
21 Utah 51.64 37 2
22 Nevada 51.45 19 27
23 Montana 50.70 17 32
24 New Mexico 50.30 20 30
25 Missouri 50.16 22 23
26 Alabama 50.10 10 44
27 North Dakota 50.09 33 15
28 Wisconsin 49.05 41 4
29 Iowa 48.05 39 8
30 Florida 47.87 18 40
31 Texas 47.81 12 47
32 Ohio 44.51 34 22
33 Minnesota 43.58 46 6
34 Arkansas 43.54 24 46
35 Louisiana 42.60 31 35
36 Tennessee 42.27 27 45
37 Kentucky 42.20 29 42
38 Oregon 41.94 32 37
39 Indiana 41.85 35 33
40 West Virginia 41.83 36 24
41 Delaware 41.24 23 48
42 Pennsylvania 39.81 45 17
43 Michigan 38.74 43 19
44 California 36.66 38 39
45 Connecticut 35.30 47 18
46 New York 29.82 50 25
47 Illinois 27.76 44 49
48 Rhode Island 27.24 42 50
49 New Jersey 26.70 49 36
50 Massachusetts 26.60 48 38

Blue States vs. Red States:

Thier method to the madness. WalletHub said:

To determine the most patriotic states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across two key dimensions, including “Military Engagement” and “Civic Engagement.”

We evaluated those dimensions using 13 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of patriotism.

Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

Military Engagement – Total Points: 50

  • Average Military Enlistees per 1,000 Civilian Adults Between 2011 & 2016 (No Prior Service): Triple Weight (~25.00 Points)
  • Veterans per 1,000 Civilian Adults: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • Active-Duty Military Personnel per 100,000 Civilian Adults: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • Share of Civilian Adult Population in Military Reserves: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)

Civic Engagement – Total Points: 50

  • Share of Adults Who Voted in 2016 Presidential Election: Double Weight (~10.26 Points)
  • Share of Adults Who Voted in 2016 Primary Elections: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Volunteer Rate: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Volunteer Hours per Resident: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • AmeriCorps Volunteers per Capita: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Peace Corps Volunteers per Capita: Half Weight (~2.56 Points)
  • Trial- & Grand-Jury Participation per Civilian Adult Population: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Frequency of Google Searches for American Flags: Quarter Weight (~1.28 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for the total number of searches.
  • Civics Education Requirement: Double Weight (~10.26 Points)

That said, why do you think CT ranked so poorly in this patriotic roundup?

What makes a person patriotic, anyway?

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