Wallethub, a website that helps consumers monitor their personal finances, has crunched some data and released a list of “the most sinful cities in America, basing their rankings on “27 indicators of evil deeds.”
The company included the top 150 most populous cities in the mix and assessed whether people in each location — based on the aforementioned specific deeds — are “behaving badly.”
“Las Vegas isn’t the only sinful place in America. In other cities, bad things happen and stay there, too,” a description reads. “From beer-loving Milwaukee to hedonistic New Orleans, the U.S. is filled with people behaving badly.”
Not surprisingly, Las Vegas, Nevada, topped the list, with St. Louis, Missouri, and Cincinnati, Ohio, following.
Interestingly, the fourth most sinful city in America was Orlando, Florida, according to the metrics — home to Disney World, among other popular family friendly theme parks.
In the fifth slot came Springfield, Missouri, with Miami, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New Orleans, Louisiana, following:
The methodology for determining the rankings was actually a bit complicated, with Wallethub looking at seven key areas to make city-wide determinations: jealousy, anger and hatred, excesses and vices, avarice (greed), lust, vanity and laziness.
Among these key areas, the company looked at 27 associated metrics, grading each city on a 100-point scale with 100 representing the absolutely highest level of sin; then, Wallethub averaged the scores together. From the number of sex offenders to bullying, suicide rates, fraud, and the number of beauty salons per capita, the metrics were certainly diverse.
Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez told The Christian Post that the company is hoping the findings are useful to residents in these so-called sinful cities.
“With 2017 right around the corner, we’re hoping residents of these cities incorporate the findings into their New Year’s resolutions,” she said.
In addition to being ranked by overall sin, cities were also listed based on more specific positive and negative metrics. For instance, the top five cities with the least number of adult entertainment establishments per capita were: Chesapeake, Virginia, Mesa, Arizona, Garland, Texas, Chila Vista, California, and Plano, Texas.
Other rankings include the number of plastic surgeons, the lowest and highest charitable giving based on percentage of income and the highest and lowest percentage of adults who exercise, among other lists.
See the full and complete rankings here.
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