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Why Utah isn't the least sinful state in the country

Skyline of downtown Salt Lake City with the Towering Wasatch Mountain range in the background.
Skyline of downtown Salt Lake City with the Towering Wasatch Mountain range in the background
Douglas Pulsipher

A recent report from WalletHub ranked Utah as the fourth least sinful state.

The new report identified Utah as more sinful than Maine, North Dakota and Vermont.

Florida was deemed the most sinful state, followed closely by California, Nevada, Texas and Georgia.

WalletHub’s report compared all 50 states on 38 different metrics, including violent crimes per capita, excessive drinking and the share of the population who have gambling disorders.

Utah’s placed No. 24 under the “vanity” ranking and No. 30 for the “jealousy” ranking.

The report ranked Utah as the 48th state with the least excessive drinking and the 49th state for lowest percent of inactive (lazy) adults.

Source: WalletHubIn a separate report, West Valley City placed as the fourth least sinful cities in the country in a report from WalletHub, too, according to TimeOut.

Utah has previously ranked as the most charitable state in the country, earning the highest amount of volunteer and service rankings.

In 2016, Salt Lake City ranked among the top 25 most sinful cities in the country, placing at No. 24, according to WalletHub.

Las Vegas — which has earned the nickname “Sin City” — topped the list. Cities with party cultures, like Miami and New Orleans, placed among the top 10.

Salt Lake City’s high ranking came from its thefts per capita and having the third most plastic surgeries per capita, the Deseret News reported.