A new study examined how patriotic Marylanders’ are and ranked the state just 17th out of 50.
When you envision the “most patriotic state in the country,” does Maryland come to mind? If you responded “no,” the data agrees with you. A new study recently published by WalletHub ranks Maryland as the 17th most patriotic state in the country.
The researchers developed a “patriotism score” by looking at two specific factors: military and civic engagement. A Military engagement score was created by measuring the number of residents on active duty and how many veterans live in the state. Civic engagement was a little more complicated, looking at variables such as voter participation rates, charity involvement, and even how often residents use Google to search for “American flags.” Both scores were equally measured and added together to arrive at a cumulative patriotism score.
Maryland’s aggregate patriotism score is 54.40, positioning the state at 17th in the country (wedged in between Nebraska and Utah). Maryland ranks above average on civic engagement, coming in at 12th in the country. By comparison, Virginia was ranked the most patriotic state was ranked 10th in terms of civics with a patriotism score of 70.55.