A recent study lists the Hoosier state in the bottom five of the most patriotic states in America for the second year in a row. So, we have to figure out why Indiana is one of the least patriotic states in America.

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Is Indiana Really One of the Least Patriotic States in America?

If you believe the experts and their research, Indiana is number 45 on the list of 2024's Most Patriotic States. Massachusetts, Florida, and New York are also in the bottom 5. This study is based on military engagement and civic engagement.

  • Civic Engagement includes participation in voting, volunteering, community service, and involvement in political processes.
  • Military Engagement includes support for the military and veterans. States that have a strong presence of military bases, high enlistment rates, or provide robust benefits and services to veterans are often regarded as patriotic.

Based on the scores from each of these criteria, Indiana is at 33.39 out of 100.

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Military Engagement – Total Points: 25 Average Military Enlistees per 1,000 Civilian Adults Between 2015 & 2020 (No Prior Service): Triple Weight (~10.71 Points) Veterans per 1,000 Civilian Adults: Full Weight (~3.57 Points) Active-Duty Military Personnel per 100,000 Civilian Adults: Double Weight (~7.14 Points) Share of Civilian Adult Population in Military Reserves: Full Weight (~3.57 Points) Civic Engagement – Total Points: 75 Share of Adults Who Voted in 2020 Presidential Election: Double Weight (~16.67 Points) Share of Adults Who Voted in 2020 Primary Elections: Full Weight (~8.33 Points) Volunteer Rate: Half Weight (~4.17 Points) Volunteer Hours per Resident: Half Weight (~4.17 Points) AmeriCorps Volunteers per Capita: Half Weight (~4.17 Points) Peace Corps Volunteers per Capita: Half Weight (~4.17 Points) Trial- & Grand-Jury Participation per Civilian Adult Population: Double Weight (~16.67 Points) Share of Residents Who Participate in Groups or Organizations (Civic Life): Full Weight (~8.33 Points) U.S. History/Civics Education Requirement: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)

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 How Can Indiana Rank Higher?

There are a few ways that the Hoosiers can boost their patriotism. Make sure you are registered to vote, and then actually vote on election day. A very personal way to show patriotism is to serve America and enlist in the military.

Map of America's Patriotism

Source: WalletHub

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