The Most and Least Patriotic States in the U.S.A.

Can you guess which state in the union holds the American flag the highest? Quirky real-estate company Movoto ranked the most to least patriotic states in the U.S.A. according to data pulled from the 2012 U.S. Census, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Google Trends, Facebook, and Wikipedia.

The criteria for indicating the level of patriotism within a state population consisted of:
    -National Historic Landmarks per Capita
    -Veterans per Capita
    -Money Spent to Fund Veterans
    -Percent of Residents That Voted in the Last Presidential Election
    -People Who Google For American Flags to buy
    -People Who List America as an Interest on Facebook

The Smartest and Dumbest States in the U.S., based on Tweets.

Ranking of State's Patriotism, Least to Greatest:

50. California
49. Minnesota
48. Rhode Island
47. Vermont
46. Hawaii
45. Michigan
44. New Jersey
43. Kansas
42. Connecticut
41. Oregon
40. Utah
39. New Mexico

38. Indiana
37. North Dakota
36. Mississippi
35. Wisconsin
34. Illinois
33. New York
32. Nebraska
31. Maryland
30. Arkansas
29. Iowa
28. Nevada
27. Massachusetts
26. Idaho
25. Delaware
24. New Hampshire
23. Tennessee
22. Louisiana
21. Kentucky
20. Missouri
19. West Virginia
18. Pennsylvania
17. Ohio
16. Washington
15. Texas
14. South Dakota
13. Oklahoma
12. Montana
11. Colorado

Top 10 Most Patriotic States:

10. Arizona
9. Alabama
8. Alaska
7. Georgia
6. Florida
5. Virginia
4. Wyoming
3. North Carolina
2. Maine
1. South Carolina

Fascinating landmarks and trends within the most patriotic states:

South Carolina - Most people googled-searched American flags, and the 7th most veteran residents per capita.

Maine - 1 in 10 residents have served in the military, and highest voter percentage in the top 10 patriot states.

North Carolina - 1 in 10 residents have served in the military; 6th highest in veteran funding.

Wyoming - 25% of the state likes "America" on Facebook.

Virginia - 3rd highest in president home states, and home to the 2nd most veterans in the U.S.

Florida - More 4 million residents list "United States" as an interest

Georgia - 8th in veteran funding and in most Facebook likes of "United States."

Alaska - 1st in most veterans per capita with nearly 1 in 8 having served, and ranked the 1st in most historical landmarks.

Alabama - 9th in people google-searching for the American flag, ranked in the top 30 for all categories.

Arizona - 5th in most Facebook likes for "United States."

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