WalletHub: R.I. and Mass. among least patriotic states in U.S.

DESPITE HAVING THE NATION'S oldest Fourth of July parade in Bristol, Rhode Island was ranked as the third-least-partiotic state in the nation, according to a recent WalletHub report. / COURTESY WALLETHUB
DESPITE HAVING THE NATION'S oldest Fourth of July parade in Bristol, Rhode Island was ranked as the third-least-partiotic state in the nation, according to a recent WalletHub report. / COURTESY WALLETHUB

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island was determined to the be the third-least-patriotic state in the United States, according to a WalletHub report Tuesday.

The report used metrics on military enlistment, volunteerism and voting, among others and were broken into two categories, military engagement and civic engagement. Rhode Island ranked No. 42 in the nation for military engagement and No. 50 for civic engagement.

Contributing to its poor military ranking, Rhode Island ranked No. 49 in the country for number of enlistees per 1,000 residents of the civilian population over 18 years old at 0.4. The state ranked No. 26 for active duty military personal per 100,000 civilians (18 years and older). The Ocean State also ranked No. 43 for the number of veterans per 1,000 civilians over 18.

For civic engagement, the Ocean State was dragged down by volunteerism, ranking No. 48 in the nation for most yearly volunteer hours per resident at 21.3. The state’s overall volunteer rate ranked No. 44 in the nation at 21 percent in the year 2015. At the same time, Rhode Island had the fourth-most Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents at 4.27 and was No. 11 for Americorps volunteers per 100,000 residents at 41.1.

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Rhode Island ranked No. 33 for percentage of citizens that voted in the 2016 Presidential Election at 60.6 percent and No 26 for percentage of residents that voted in the 2016 Primary Elections at 24 percent.

This year, Massachusetts ranked as the least patriotic state in the U.S., ranking No. 48 in the nation for military engagement and No. 38 for civic engagement.

Virginia ranked No. 1 in the study. Maine was the highest ranked state in New England at No. 11, followed by New Hampshire at No. 13. Rhode Island also ranked lower than Vermont at No. 19 in the nation and Connecticut at No. 45.