Here are measures of three variations of patriotism in America. See how your state stacks up.
▪ Voter participation in the 2012 presidential election
Minnesota comes in first place with 75.2% voter turnout, followed by Colorado (72.5%), Wisconsin (72.2%) and New Hampshire (71.7%). States that fall short in patriotism by this benchmark are Hawaii (46.7%), West Virginia (46.5%), Oklahoma (48.8%) Texas (49.8%) and Arkansas (50.7%).
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▪ Percentage of residents who enlisted in the military in 2013
Georgia had the highest military enlistment per capita in 2013 (0.75%) followed by South Carolina (0.71%), Alaska (0.68%) and Florida (0.66%). The least patriotic states by this metric are California (0.05%), North Dakota (0.25%) and Minnesota (0.34%).
▪ Percentage of the population that volunteered in 2013
Measuring the percentage of residents in each state who volunteer and do favors for their neighbors, Utah takes the cake in terms of community service: 44.6% of Utah residents volunteer, and a whopping 77.9% of them do favors for their neighbors. After Utah comes Idaho (where 36.4% volunteer), Minnesota (36.3%), Kansas (36.1%), Wisconsin (35.1%), Nebraska (34.8%) and South Dakota (34.7%). There seems to be a friendly trend in the Midwest.