Bob & LBF in the Morning

Bob & LBF in the Morning

Bob & LBF in the Morning

Most Sinful States

Sinner or Saint?

A List of The Most and Least Sinful States, Ranked. Where Does New England Land?

Looks like we’re all a little naughty and nice.

But truth is, people in some states just sin more than others.

And other states are filled with saints.

According to, the truth is that each of the 50 states has its own virtues and vices. For example, West Virginia has the worst drug problem, and it certainly comes as no surprise that Nevada is the most gambling-addicted.


“The cost of state sins is something we have to share as a nation, though. 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.”

But there’s good news!

“Some states are more well-behaved than others, though. In order to determine the states that most give in to their desires, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 47 key indicators of immoral or illicit behavior. Our data set ranges from violent crimes per capita to excessive drinking to the share of the population with gambling disorders.

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.

Not surprisingly, Nevada is the most sinful state in the union.


Other good news? New England seems to be downright angelic.

Bring on the halos, folks. Here are the rankings of New England’s saint or sinner quotient. All in all, we’re probably going to heaven!


  • Rhode Island

    Well, well, well, Rhode Island. You may have ranked the 32nd most sinful state in the union, but when it comes to jealously, you’re #15 and lust? Coming in at #13. Pervs!

  • Vermont

    Ranked #47, Vermont is puritanical! Sort of. They come in at 18 for excess and vices, #19 for greed but #50 – last! – for lust! Must be all the layers. Vermont is chilly!

  • New Hampshire

    Live sin-free or die should be the motto!

    Coming in a #48 over all, it’s last in the category of anger or jealousy. Good for you guys!

  • Maine

    • Maine has the lowest violent crime rate, 1.09, which is 7.7 times lower than in Alaska, the state with the highest at 8.38.
  • Connecticut

    It’s 45th overall, but 16th in greed! I blame all those rich people in Greenwich!

  • Massachusetts

    • We’re 38th overall, but we did win one category: Massachusetts has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 10.97, which is 2.7 times fewer than in Louisiana, the state with the most at 29.65.

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