WalletHub ranks Texas 4th ‘Most Sinful State in the U.S.’
(KFDA) - Texans may have a little explaining to do.
Personal finance website WalletHub published a ranking of the most sinful states in the Union on Wednesday, with Texas ranking number four overall.
The survey ranked all 50 states according to popular interpretations of the seven deadly sins - wrath, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride and sloth.
According to WalletHub, the survey compared each state across 43 different indicators of immorality, including thefts per capita and average time spent visiting adult websites.
Texas topped the list in the lust category but ranked number 44 in the greed ranking, below almost every other state.
Also contributing to Texas’s dubious honor was ranking third in the percentage of adults not exercising, giving it a boost in its laziness score.
Ahead of Texas overall were:
When asked about the study, Knox College Professor of Psychology Frank McAndrew said vices in some states may just be a result of the culture.
“I am not sure that I would say that some states are more ‘sinful’ than others,” said McAndrew. “It is just that each state’s unique history and culture predispose it to some kinds of sins more than others.”
WalletHub said gambling and smoking are among the most expensive vices, costing Americans more than $5 billion and $300 billion per year, respectively.
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