Top 10 MOST Patriotic States RELEASED

July 4th

Americans across the U.S. celebrated one of this country’s most cherished patriotic holidays on July 4th – Independence Day!

As defined by the Oxford Dictionary, patriotism is “the quality of being patriotic; devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.”

This year, WalletHub ranked the top ten most patriotic states. States were ranked on military engagement, which considered veterans per 1,000 civilian adults, active-duty military personnel and other factors.

The list was supplemented with a civic engagement assessment, which looked at data about volunteer rates trial and grand jury participation, U.S. history education requirements and the rate of adults who voted in the November 2020 presidential election.

“The most patriotic states have a lot of residents who serve or have served in the armed forces, high voter turnouts during elections and a high share of the population volunteering with national and local organizations,” she said in a media statement. 

She continued, “Patriotism also isn’t concentrated in any one particular area. The top states are located in vastly different geographic regions.”

Top 10 most patriotic U.S. states:

  1. Virginia
  2. Alaska
  3. Montana
  4. Maine
  5. Oregon
  6. Colorado
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Washington
  9. Maryland
  10. Hawaii

Virginia, with its proximity to Washington, D.C. was ranked the most patriotic U.S. state for its high number of active-duty military personnel and veterans in the area. 71.5% of Virginia residents voted in the recent 2020 presidential election compared to the national average, which brought up the state’s overall ranking.

Virginia also has almost 1,900 active-duty military personnel for every population of 100,000 civilians – the third highest in the US. Per every 1000 civilians, there are about 107 veterans in Virginia – the second highest state.

It also said, “Virginia has the seventh-highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, and it is one of the many states that require courses in U.S. history or civics for high school graduation.”

Alaska took second and Montana third. But Alaska had the highest jury service participation rate and 62% of voluntary jurors in Montana were actually serving.

WalletHub also found the percentage of military enlistees overall was highest in Georgia and lowest in North Dakota.

The WalletHub study also showed blue states are more patriotic in general, with an average rank of 23.44 compared to red states’ average rank of 27.56.