WalletHub, a personal finance website, on Monday issued its report on "2020's Most Sinful Cities in America," and
The folks there have checked out how lustful, vain, greedy, jealous and lazy we are, among other things.
We're worse -- that is, higher on the list -- than
Fortunately, we're less sinful -- that is, lower on the list -- than
We're not sure whether we would term what WalletHub does as scientific, but its does aggregate a raft of statistics from the likes of the
It's also been ranked as the 20th most dangerous city in the
So where did we get all the sin?
Well, the folks at the website came up with a vice index, based on how the cities ranked on anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.
That's each of the seven deadly sins except for pride because gluttony falls under excesses and vices for purposes of the study.
The city ranks lowest (meaning a higher number) in anger and hatred -- 13th worst in the country. The number assimilates categories such as violent crimes per 1,000 residents, sex offenders per capita, bullying rate and number of mass shootings.
The 2015 terrorist attack at two military installations, in which four
Our next worst category is greed, where we are 26th in the
Our excesses and vices land us at No. 31 on the list. We would have guessed this would be the city's worst category since its includes share of obese adults, fast-food establishments per capita, excessive drinking, share of adult smokers, share of population using marijuana, retail opioid prescriptions dispensed per 1,000 persons, drug overdose deaths and debt-to-income ratio.
We drop down to 59th worst in laziness, which includes share of adults not exercising, average weekly hours worked, volunteer rate, average daily time spent watching TV, high school dropout rate and disconnected youth (teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working).
Fortunately, of the 182 cities on the list, we're a little better in vanity (102nd) and lust (118th).
Vanity might be viewed in a number of ways, but for the purposes of the study it included tanning salons per capita and Google search interest index for "Top 3 Plastic Surgeons." Lust is calculated from the number of adult entertainment establishments per capita, Google search interest index for "
In the end, we don't put a lot of stock in such rankings, as fun as they are to pick apart. As a city, we know who we are. We have a wealth of natural beauty, many generous citizens and the same problems that are found in practically every city. From our perspective, our job as citizens is to preserve what we have and diligently work on what we can change.
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