Every state is known for its own virtues and vices. But harmful behavior on the individual level can result in staggering economic costs, considering that gambling addiction costs the U.S. $5 billion per year and smoking costs dwarf that with over $300 billion per year.
With Mardi Gras coming up and sure to be full of drinking, drug use and sex, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most Sinful States as well as accompanying videos along with its Mardi Gras Facts – Booze, Floats, Money & More infographic. To determine where the U.S. has the most moral growing to do, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.
Here are some highlights from the report:
Most sinful states
Mardi Gras Key Stats
• $1+ Billion: The economic impact of Mardi Gras on New Orleans.
• $600 Million: The economic impact of Mardi Gras on Alabama’s Mobile.
• 25+ Million Pounds: Beads thrown during Mardi Gras in New Orleans each year.
• 164,000: Number of people who flew to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 2018, the most since 2010.
To view the full report and your state’s rank, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-sinful-states/46852/