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Utah not the least sinful state in U.S., but it's close

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 15:13:14-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite the perception throughout the country, Utah is not the least sinful state in the U.S. But it's close.

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In the new WalletHub survey of the 2021 Most Sinful States in America, Utah comes in at 47th; ahead of Vermont (48), Idaho (49) and Wyoming (50).

Salt Lake City ranked 78th in a similar survey of individual U.S. cities in December.

However, it should be noted that in the following two categories, Utah ranked lowest in the entire country:

  • Excesses & Vices
  • Laziness

The categories above measured things such as excessive drinking, share of adult smokers, drug overdose deaths, volunteer rates, high school graduation rates and adults who do not exercise.

Utahns have some work to do when it comes to vanity, though. In the category that uses metrics such as beauty salons per capital and Google searches for "Top 5 Plastic Surgeries," Utah ranks pretty high at No. 21.

Here's where Utah ranked in the all the individual survey categories:

  • 44th – Anger & Hatred
  • 26th – Jealousy
  • 50th – Excesses & Vices
  • 48th – Greed
  • 40th – Lust
  • 21st – Vanity
  • 50th – Laziness

The most sinful states in America should come as no surprise, especially the No. 1 state that's home to the city known around the world as Sin City.

Most Sinful States in the U.S.

1. Nevada
2. California
3. Texas
4. Georgia
5. Florida
47. UTAH