New Hampshire is considered the nation’s most patriotic state, according to a June 24 report from personal finance website WalletHub.
New Jersey, however, was ranked the least patriotic state in the union.
To compile its data, WalletHub looked at 13 areas including enlisted military population, votes in the 2016 presidential election, and AmeriCorps volunteers per capita, which were grouped into categories of military or civic engagement.
States could earn a total of 100 points based on the metrics from the civic and military engagement categories. New Hampshire’s score was 63.08, while New Jersey had 21.55.
Additional, New Jersey ranked 48th and 45th for military and civic engagement respectively.
Top Five Patriotic States
- New Hampshire
Bottom Five Patriotic States
- West Virginia
- New York
- New Jersey
The report also includes opinions from experts on various aspects, such as “what are the characteristics of a good patriot?”
Professor and chairman of history and political science at Nazareth College, Timothy Kneeland, said that a “good patriot” is “an individual who puts country before personal gain, country before their own comfort, and whose sense of responsibility puts country above personal honor. Recall the words of Thomas Paine in The Crisis or the signers of the Declaration of Independent – they were patriots.”