PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WNCN/WAVY) – A new survey measuring the patriotism of each of the 50 states ranked Virginia as the 10th most patriotic state in the country.
Meanwhile, nearby North Carolina ranked 25th most patriotic.
The WalletHub study weighted civic engagement and military engagement to create the rankings across 13 key indicators of patriotism.
Virginia ranked second in the country for the most veterans per capita, behind Alaska. It also ranked fourth for the most Peace Corps volunteers per capita.
North Carolina — home to military bases like Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base — came in sixth in the country for military engagement.
Military engagement was gauged by average military enlistees, veteran population, active-duty military population, and the share of adults enlisted in military reserves.
North Carolina ranked 33rd in the country in civic engagement. That considered the share of adults who voted in the most recent primary and presidential elections, volunteerism, AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteers per capita, and jury participation.
Montana ranked as the most patriotic state in America. Alaska, Maryland, Vermont, and New Hampshire rounded out the top five.
New York earned the title of least patriotic. California, Michigan, Connecticut, and Florida were in the bottom five, as well.
According to the survey, states that went Republican in the 2020 presidential election were slightly more patriotic than those that went Democratic.