A new study by our friends over at WalletHub finds that Iowa is among the least sinful states in the U.S. While the findings are great, each state still has their own vices and virtues. And we all end up paying for them. Missouri has the nation's worst drug problem. Nevada has the countries top gambling issue. But we share the costs of those sins.

WalletHub reports that gambling costs the U.S. $5 billion a year. The money we lose from smoking is a staggering $300 billion. Our vices can end us costing all citizens big time, no matter where you live. But, some states do better than others. WalletHub looked at the following criteria when compiling their state scores.

  • Anger and Hatred
  • Jealousy
  • Excess and Vices
  • Greed
  • Lust
  • Vanity
  • Laziness

Those seven categories were then broken down by WalletHub into 47 metrics which each had corresponding weights. Scores were tabulated and the list of sinful states was complete. Talk about a list you don't want to win!

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The top five most sinful states according to WalletHub were Nevada, California, Texas, Georgia, and Florida. Vegas really is 'Sin City' isn't it! The states that were found to be the least sinful were Wyoming, Idaho, Vermont, Utah, and New Hampshire. Iowa was next, making it the 6th least sinful state in the nation.

So what does it all mean? It means that Iowa is a fairly well behaved state that has it's vices in check, and it's crimes rates low too. Still not a bad place to call home!


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