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Monday, July 03, 2017 2:50 pm

Study: Patriotism lags in Hoosier State

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Indiana is among the least patriotic states in the nation, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website.

The Hoosier State ranked 40th in a point system based on 13 "key indicators of patriotism," which included military enlistments, veteran populations, voter turnout, jury participation and volunteerism. 

WalletHub's three most patriotic states were, in order, Virginia, Alaska and Wyoming. New Jersey was the least patriotic state, followed by Illinois and Massachusetts.

WalletHub said Republican states on average are more patriotic than Democratic states. Alaska has the most veterans per 1,000 residents, Georgia has the most military enlistees per 1,000 residents, Maine had the highest voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election, and Utah has the highest volunteer rate.

WalletHub conducted a separate study rating Fourth of July celebrations in American's 100 largest cities. It scored cities on 18 criteria, including legality of fireworks, duration of fireworks shows, number of holiday festivals and performances, average prices for hamburger, beer, wine and hotels, access to public transportation, traffic congestion and weather forecasts.

Fort Wayne ranked 69th. The top three cities were, in order, Atlanta, San Francisco and Buffalo, New York. Other rankings included Toledo, 60th, and Indianapolis, 74th. 

Five Arizona cities have the worst weather forecasts: Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa, each of them expected to top 110 degrees on Tuesday. Those same cities, plus Scottsdale, Arizona, tied for the lowest beer and wine prices.