New York nearly last in national patriotism ranking


When it comes to patriotism, New York doesn’t rank dead last among the 50 states in a recent report. But at No. 49, it’s not much better.

Only Arkansas ranked below New York in a WalletHub study that compared the states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. Virginia is 2024’s most patriotic state, according to the study.

The data examined ranged from the share of military enlistees and veterans in each state to the percentage of adults who voted in the 2020 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.

New York has the second lowest rate of veterans per capita and ranks 39th in the civic engagement category. Conversely, Virginia — 2024’s most patriotic state according to the study — has the second highest rate of veterans per capita and is ninth in civic engagement.

Below is an interactive map put out by WalletHub that indicates the ranking for each state.

Source: WalletHub

Below are the 13 key indicators WalletHub used to formulate its patriotism ranking.

  • Average Military Enlistees per 1,000 Civilian Adults Between 2015 & 2020 (No Prior Service)
  • Veterans per 1,000 Civilian Adults
  • Active-Duty Military Personnel per 100,000 Civilian Adults
  • Share of Civilian Adult Population in Military Reserves
  • Share of Adults Who Voted in 2020 Presidential Election
  • Share of Adults Who Voted in 2020 Primary Elections
  • Volunteer Rate
  • Volunteer Hours per Resident
  • AmeriCorps Volunteers per Capita
  • Peace Corps Volunteers per Capita
  • Trial- & Grand-Jury Participation per Civilian Adult Population
  • Share of Residents Who Participate in Any Groups, Organizations or Associations in the Past Year (Civic Life)
  • U.S. History/Civics Education Requirement

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