Virginia named most patriotic state in America, Texas ranks 30th

(WVEC/KCEN) -- To the surprise of many Texans, the Lone Star State didn't make the top 10 -- or even 20 -- in a recent study of the most patriotic states in America.

Personal finance website WalletHub compared all 50 states using 13 key indicators, including military enlistment, voter participation, and volunteer rates that were calculated based on Census Data and other publicly-available data.

Texas scored 48.25 points out of 100 for patriotism -- well below first-ranked Virginia's score of 70.55.

Military engagement made up half the score, while civic engagement constituted the other 50-percent. The military engagement half of the research was based on the average number of military enlistees, veterans, active-duty military personnel, and the number of civilians in the military reserves. Based on those factors, WalletHub ranked Texas 13th for military engagement.

Each state's civic engagement score was determined by the number of voters in the 2016 presidential election and 2016 primary elections, volunteer rate, volunteer hours, AmeriCorps volunteers, Peace Corps volunteers, trial and grand-jury participation, frequency of Google searches for American flags, and civics education requirements. Texas ranked 47th for civic engagement.

The country's two newest states -- Hawaii and Alaska -- both made the top 10 most patriotic. The least patriotic state was New Jersey, according to the study.

For more information about the study's methodology, or to see the rankings click HERE.

Source: WalletHub

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