When it comes to how patriotic Americans are, Middle America is middlin’.
On this list Virginia is the most patriotic state in the union.
New Jersey is the least patriotic.
Then there’s Missouri and Kansas, stuck in the middle - Missouri at No. 19, Kansas at No. 21. Nebraska (23) and Oklahoma (24) are right there with them.
WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked the states using two overarching categories.
States received “military engagement” points for things like number of veterans and active duty military personnel. They also scored for “civic engagement” - volunteer and voting rates, for instance.
“It’s clear that some states bleed more red, white and blue than others,” the survey said.
Behind Virginia, the other Top 10 most patriotic states were: Alaska, South Carolina, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Montana, Alabama, Washington and New Hampshire.
At the bottom: Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
A few other key findings:
▪ So-called “red” Republican states are more patriotic than “blue” Democratic ones. Red states averaged a (higher) ranking of 22.5; blue states just over 28.
▪ Highest percentage of voting in the 2012 presidential season: Minnesota No. 1, Arizona the least.
▪ Georgia has the highest percentage of residents enlisted in the military; North Dakota the least.
▪ Vermont has the most Peace Corps volunteers per capita; Mississippi the least.
▪ Utah has the highest volunteer rate, Louisiana the lowest.