Texas Ranked as #4 Most Sinful State in US

Red states and blue states may like to point to one another as the source of all that is wrong with the U.S., but the truth is that each of the 50 states has its own virtues and vices.

But the cost of state sins is something we have to share as a nation. Gambling alone costs the U.S.

about $5 billion per year. That’s nothing compared to the amount of money we lose from smoking, though – over $300 billion per year. Harmful behavior on the individual level can add up to staggering economic costs on a national scale.

Some states are more well-behaved than others. In order to determine the states that most give in to their desires, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 38 key indicators of immorality. Our data set ranges from violent crimes per capita to excessive drinking to share of the population with gambling disorders.

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 2018’s Most Sinful States 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.

Sinfulness of Texas (1=Most Sinful; 25=Avg.)

  • 19th – Anger & Hatred
  • 7th – Jealousy
  • 1st – Lust
  • 7th – Vanity
  • 27th – Laziness


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