Matt Case - June 19th, 2024 - 4:47am PDT 

    July 4th Highlights Most Patriotic States in the US

    As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, a new analysis by WalletHub reveals which states exhibit the highest levels of patriotism. Defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country,” patriotism will be in full display this holiday across the nation.

    WalletHub’s study evaluated all 50 states based on various metrics of military and civic engagement. Military engagement included factors such as the number of veterans per 1,000 civilian adults and the presence of active-duty military personnel. Civic engagement was assessed through criteria like volunteer rates, participation in trials and grand juries, U.S. history education requirements, and voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election.

    “The states that top our patriotism rankings have significant portions of their population involved in the armed forces, high voter participation, and a strong culture of volunteerism,” said Cassandra Happe, an analyst at WalletHub, in a media release.

    The top 10 most patriotic states, according to WalletHub, are as follows:

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

    At the opposite end of the spectrum, the states ranked lowest for patriotism included Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, and Arkansas, which came in last.

    Source: WalletHub