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/