Study ranks Virginia as 10th most patriotic state, with high marks for military engagement

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(WRIC) — The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to numerous military bases and is the site of some of the most pivotal moments in American history. It is no surprise that the same state where America first won its independence receives high patriotic ratings.

According to a study done by WalletHub, Virginia is the 10th most patriotic state overall.

Source: WalletHub

The study looks at both military engagement and civic engagement to determine an overall score. The following things are considered at the listed weights:

Military Engagement – Total Points: 25

  • Average Military Enlistees per 1,000 Civilian Adults Between 2013 & 2018 (No Prior Service): Triple Weight (~10.71 Points)
  • Veterans per 1,000 Civilian Adults: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
  • Active-Duty Military Personnel per 100,000 Civilian Adults: Double Weight (~7.14 Points)
  • Share of Civilian Adult Population in Military Reserves: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)

Civic Engagement – Total Points: 75

  • Share of Adults Who Voted in 2020 Presidential Election: Double Weight (~16.67 Points)
  • Share of Adults Who Voted in 2020 Primary Elections: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • Volunteer Rate: Half Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Volunteer Hours per Resident: Half Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • AmeriCorps Volunteers per Capita: Half Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Peace Corps Volunteers per Capita: Half Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Trial- & Grand-Jury Participation per Civilian Adult Population: Double Weight (~16.67 Points)
  • Share of Residents Who Participate in Groups or Organizations (Civic Life): Full Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • Civics Education Requirement: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)

Virginia falls behind states like Montana, Alaska, Maryland, Vermont and New Hampshire. Many of the top ranked states were heavy hitters in the civic engagement category. New York falls at the very bottom with low marks in both categories. The thing dragging down Florida’s score is low civic engagement.

New Jersey ranks 44th despite the study finding that the state had the highest percent of adults who voted in the 2020 presidential election.

Overall Rank StateTotal Score Military Engagement Civic Engagement 
1Montana61.91221
2Alaska56.64119
3Maryland56.12245
4Vermont55.29422
5New Hampshire53.55324
6North Dakota53.28208
7Wyoming53.01811
8Minnesota51.42473
9Oregon50.07346
10Virginia49.61322
11Utah47.81389
12Idaho46.791612
13Wisconsin46.57437
14Washington46.25916
15Arizona44.221718
16Iowa44.094110
17Kentucky43.472117
18Missouri43.332615
19South Carolina42.76434
20Colorado41.531125
21Delaware41.492520
22Maine41.193513
23Hawaii40.79247
24Ohio40.723314
25North Carolina40.56633
26Nevada40.111828
27Nebraska38.832724
28New Mexico36.951331
29Georgia36.05546
30Tennessee35.753030
31Kansas35.501440
32Oklahoma35.42742
33Indiana35.223726
34Alabama34.961241
35Pennsylvania34.674421
36South Dakota34.032335
37Louisiana33.432832
38Rhode Island33.194027
39Massachusetts31.495023
40Mississippi30.671548
41Texas29.96949
42West Virginia29.823638
43Arkansas29.762943
44New Jersey29.634829
45Illinois28.533936
46California27.753144
47Michigan26.814539
48Connecticut26.684637
49Florida23.171950
50New York21.644945

When looking at just military engagement, Virginia ranks 3rd. When looking at just civic engagement, Virginia ranks 22nd.

Virginia comes in the top five for two different categories, the Commonwealth ranks 2nd for most veterans per capita and 4th for most Peace Corps volunteers per capita.

Many of the scoring criteria have little to do with political ideology and that is reflected in the comparison of red states and blue states. The study found that red states had an average rank of 25.32 and blue states had an average rank of 25.68. Because the figures are based on ranking, the lower score indicates a more patriotic ranking.

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