In a study of the top 150 cities in the nation, Tulsa – the “Buckle of the Bible Belt” – landed at No. 52 in a report by WalletHub on “2016’s Most Sinful Cities.”
To determine the darkest places in America, WalletHub compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities based on seven key vices: anger and hatred; jealousy; excesses and vices; avarice; lust; vanity and laziness.
“Las Vegas isn’t the only sinful place in America,” wrote Richie Bernado of WalletHub.com. “In other cities, bad things happen and stay there, too. From beer-loving Milwaukee to hedonistic New Orleans, the United States is filled with people behaving badly. No place is innocent. We all have demons. But luckily for the saints among us, all American vices are not created — or distributed — equally.”
Here is how Tulsa ranked in various categories:
No. 25 in “Anger and Hatred”
No. 37 in “Jealousy”
No. 38 in “Excesses and Vices”
No. 126 in “Avarice”
No. 82 in “Lust”
Here are the ranking for Oklahoma City, which was ranked No. 63 overall:
No. 34 in “Anger and Hatred”
No. 84 in “Jealousy”
No. 35 in “Excesses and Vices”
No. 132 in “Avarice”
No. 68 in “Lust”
Tulsa’s high ranking in “anger and hatred” is based on the number of violent crimes per capita; sex offenders per capita; bullying rate and suicide rate.
Tulsa is listed as No. 147 – fourth from the bottom – in the list of “least excessive drinking.” That number may rise after the passing of liberalized state liquor laws that allow groceries, pharmacies, convenience stores and other retailers to sell hard beer and refrigerated wine (beginning in 2018). This category looked at obesity, alcohol drinking, smoking and debt-to-income ratios.
Tulsa got a good rating at No. 146 in the list of “highest charitable donations as percentage of income.” That is the fifth best ranking in that category. This “avarice category” looked at donations plus the number of casinos per capita and percentage of residents with a gambling addiction. Tulsa got a low rating because most of the casinos in the metro area are not in the city limits.
Oklahoma City got a dubious ranking of No. 5 in the “laziness” category of “highest percentage of adults who do not exercise.”
That looked at those who don’t exercise, number of hours worked a week, volunteer hours, hours spent watching TV and high school dropout rate.
Most vs. Least Sinful
St. Louis has the highest violent crime rate per 1,000 residents, 18.17, which is 33 times higher than in Irvine, Calif., the city with the lowest at 0.56.
Salt Lake City has the most thefts per 1,000 residents, 95.75, which is 8.2 times more than in Yonkers, N.Y., the city with the fewest at 11.74.
Mobile, Ala., has the highest share of obese adults, 36.1 percent, which is 2.4 times higher than in San Francisco, the city with the lowest at 14.8 percent.
St. Louis has the highest share of adult smokers, 25.5 percent, which is 2.8 times higher than in San Jose, Calif., the city with the lowest at 9.0 percent.
Las Vegas has the most adult entertainment establishments per 100,000 residents, 32.54, which is 92 times more than in Plano, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.35.
Scottsdale, Ariz., has the most plastic surgeons per 100,000 residents, 46.44, which is 131 times more than in Newark, N.J., the city with the fewest at 0.35.
Jackson, Miss., has the highest share of physically inactive residents, 28.8 percent, which is 2.3 times higher than in Denver, the city with the lowest at 12.3 percent.