Survey: Alabama No. 8 most patriotic state in USA

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A new survey from the financial services site WalletHub says Alabama is at the top of the heap when it comes to who represents the American red, white, and blue the most proudly.

Virginia topped the new survey’s list as the most patriotic state, with Alaska, South Carolina, Colorado, and Georgia rounding out the top five.

The firm’s methodology, according to its report Tuesday, used “12 key metrics such as military engagement, voting habits and civic education.”

Some interesting asides from the study’s findings:

  • Red states are more patriotic on average.
  • Alaska has the highest number of veterans per 1,000 residents, 100.8, which is two times higher than in New York, the state with the lowest, 45.5.
  • Utah has the highest volunteerism rate, 45.2%, which is three times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest, 18.2%.
  • Minnesota has the highest percentage of residents who voted in the 2012 presidential election, 74.37%, which is two times higher than in Arizona, the state with the lowest, 37.98%.

The full report, including survey findings on all 50 states when it comes to their affinity for Uncle Sam, is available here.

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