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Study: America’s most sinful cities in 2020


A study conducted by WalletHub has determined the most sinful cities in America for 2020. The ranking was determined by analyzing 182 cities in 37 areas.

Wallethub explains:

Luckily for the saints among us, all American sins are not created, or distributed, equally. In order to identify the darkest corners of America, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 37 key indicators of evil deeds. Our data set ranges from violent crimes per capita to excessive drinking to adult entertainment establishments per capita.

The cities determined to be America’s top five most sinful cities, that included, not surprisingly, Las Vegas as number one, were:

  1. Las Vegas: 59.59 ranking
  2. Los Angeles: 54.76 ranking
  3. St. Louis: 52.52 ranking
  4. Houston: 52.38 ranking
  5. Atlanta: 52.37 ranking

As a comparison Pearl City, HI with an overall ranking of 22.17 was the least sinful.

As WalletHub also explains, sin comes with a price tag:

But at some point, we all have to pay for our vices. Gambling addiction, for instance, leads to over $100 billion in losses for U.S. consumers every year. In 2019, identity theft and fraud took a toll of $16.9 billion. And every year, smoking burns an over $300 billion hole in Uncle Sam’s wallet.

Here is a sampling of a few of the 37 areas WalletHub looked at and how its researchers determined a ranking based on per capita calculations.

Anger: This was determined by calculating the amount of per capita violent crime such as rape, murder and assault. Other areas factored in included mass shootings and terrorist attacks, etc.

Greed: This was determined based on the number of charitable donations or more specifically the lack of them as well as other factors including the number of casinos.

Lust: The lust ranking was determined by the number of adult entertainment sites in the cities. Also included among other things was an analysis of the number of Google searchers from the city for porn sites.

To find out how your city ranks READ: 2020’s Most Sinful Cities in America

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