2020’s Most Sinful States – WalletHub Study


Every state is known for its own virtues and vices. But harmful behavior on the individual level can result in staggering economic costs, considering that gambling addiction costs the U.S. $5 billion per year and smoking costs dwarf that with over $300 billion per year.

With Mardi Gras coming up and sure to be full of drinking, drug use and sex, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Most Sinful States as well as accompanying videos along with its Mardi Gras Facts – Booze, Floats, Money & More infographic. To determine where the U.S. has the most moral growing to do, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.

Here are some highlights from the report:

Most Sinful States Least Sinful States
1. Nevada 41. North Dakota
2. Texas 42. Minnesota
3. Florida 43. Utah
4. California 44. Iowa
5. Georgia 45. South Dakota
6. Tennessee 46. New Hampshire
7. Louisiana 47. Maine
8. Illinois 48. Idaho
9. South Carolina 49. Wyoming
10. Mississippi 50. Vermont

Mardi Gras Key Stats

  • Over $1 Billion: The economic impact of Mardi Gras on New Orleans.
  • $408.6 Million: The economic impact of Mardi Gras on Alabama’s Mobile.
  • Over 25 Million Pounds: Weight of beads thrown during Mardi Gras in New Orleans each year.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-sinful-states/46852/


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