Oklahoma is 21st in ‘patriotism’

According to a study released by WalletHub.com, Oklahoma ranks No. 21 among states in terms of “patriotism.”

WalletHub compared the 50 states across eight key metrics, including measures such as military engagement, voting habits and civic education.

Oklahoma ranked No. 9 in the category of “military engagement rank” but was No. 43 in “civic engagement.”

The report states that “it appears that patriotism has been waning in recent years. While 38 percent of Americans said the United States was the best country in the world in 2011, that number fell to 28 percent in 2014. What’s at the heart of our patriot pouting and where is this problem most pronounced? It’s clear that some states bleed more red, white and blue than others…”

The findings include:

Red states are more patriotic, with an average ranking of 24.1, compared with 26.7 for blue states (1 is best).

Alaska has twice as many veterans per 100,000 residents as New York.

Georgia’s military enlistment rate is three times as high as North Dakota’s.

Voting rates were twice as high in Minnesota as in Arizona for the 2012 presidential election.

Utah residents are three times more likely to volunteer than people in Louisiana.

  • Vermont has 23 times as many Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents as Mississippi.
  • Alaska has the most veterans per capita while New York has the least.
  • Minnesota has the highest percentage of citizens who vote in the last presidential election while Arizona is at the bottom.

The top 10 states are Virginia, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Alaska, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Georgia.

The bottom 10 are Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Illinois, Connecticut, Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York.