Ranking Hurt By Lack Of Participation In 2016 Presidential Election
WalletHub ranked New Mexico as the 26th most patriotic state in the nation. The personal-finance website compared the 50 states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. The data set ranges from the average number of military enlistees to the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.
New Mexico earned 21 out of 50 in the category of “Military Engagement”, which is based on the average number of military enlistees between 2010 and 2015, the amount of veterans per 1,000 civilian adult population, the share of civilian adult population in military reserves, and active-duty military personnel per 100,000 civilian adult population.
Georgia has the highest average number of military enlistees per 1,000 civilian adult population, 0.92, which is 2.6 times higher than in North Dakota, the state with the lowest at 0.36. Alaska has the most veterans per 1,000 civilian adults, 138.9, which is 2.4 times more than in New York, the state with the fewest at 57.9.
New Mexico earned 30 out of 50 in “Civic Engagement”, likely due to having the 47th lowest percentage of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election. Maine had the most at 72.68 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at 47.3 percent.
Other determining factors for civic engagement are a state’s volunteer rate, the amount of volunteer hours per resident, the amount of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteers per capita, trial and grand jury participation, and bizarrely, the frequency of Google searches for American flags.
Utah has the most AmeriCorps volunteers per 100,000 residents, 63.31, which is 8.3 times more than in Alabama, the state with the fewest at 7.60. Utah also has the highest volunteer rate, 39.29 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest at 18.31 percent.