This Is the Most Selfish State in America

V.S. Wells
·8 min read

The new year is the perfect time to reflect on what we've achieved in the past 365 days and what we want to accomplish in the year ahead. Of course, some new year's resolutions are about tangible gains, like job promotions or weight loss, but the close of one year and the start of another is also a time for reflection on our own virtues, too. What you may not realize is that where you live could be playing a role in where you fall on the naughty or nice list. At Best Life, we crunched the numbers to determine where folks are more concerned with their own lives than those of others—and we've found the most selfish state in America.

For our Selfish Index, we started with the Fraser Institute's generosity index, which scored each state based on the charitable giving trends of its residents on a scale from 1 to 10. Then we looked at the most recent data from AmeriCorp to establish what percentage of residents in each state volunteer in a given year.

Finally, we used a recent study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, which scored each state based on its capacity for empathy—the closer the empathy score is to 4, the less selfish the state is considered. We then gave each metric a weighted value and ran them through our exclusive algorithm to see how each state scored on our Selfish Index.

Utah came out as the least selfish state, with the largest generosity index score and the highest volunteer rate. But generally, states in the Northeast ranked as less selfish, while the South, Midwest, and West were more varied. The most selfish state was notable for both its low volunteer rate and low empathy score. Read on to discover which state it is, and find out where yours falls in the mix. And for the place the runs rampant with a similarly distasteful quality, This Is the Most Dishonest State in America.

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50

Utah

sandy utah
sandy utah

Fraser generosity index score: 8.8

Volunteer rate: 51.0 percent

Empathy score: 3.74

Selfish Index Score: 0.00

49

Oregon

downtown portland oregon
downtown portland oregon

Fraser generosity index score: 5.7

Volunteer rate: 43.2 percent

Empathy score: 3.76

Selfish Index Score: 25.75

48

Minnesota

downtown minneapolis skyline
downtown minneapolis skyline

Fraser generosity index score: 5.6

Volunteer rate: 45.1 percent

Empathy score: 3.67

Selfish Index Score: 29.47

47

Montana

Montana
Montana

Fraser generosity index score: 4.5

Volunteer rate: 38.8 percent

Empathy score: 3.78

Selfish Index Score: 34.12

46

Connecticut

hartford connecticut skyline
hartford connecticut skyline

Fraser generosity index score: 6.8

Volunteer rate: 31.8 percent

Empathy score: 3.72

Selfish Index Score: 42.43

45

Massachusetts

cityscape photos of buildings and shops in Quincy Market in Boston, Massachusetts at twilight
cityscape photos of buildings and shops in Quincy Market in Boston, Massachusetts at twilight

Fraser generosity index score: 5.9

Volunteer rate: 32.6 percent

Empathy score: 3.74

Selfish Index Score: 42.44

44

Rhode Island

waterplace park in providence rhode island
waterplace park in providence rhode island

Fraser generosity index score: 4.5

Volunteer rate: 30.7 percent

Empathy score: 3.78

Selfish Index Score: 43.89

43

Maryland

Waverly, Maryland
Waverly, Maryland

Fraser generosity index score: 7.7

Volunteer rate: 36.3 percent

Empathy score: 3.67

Selfish Index Score: 44.00

42

North Carolina

skyline of downtown charlotte north carolina
skyline of downtown charlotte north carolina

Fraser generosity index score: 5.1

Volunteer rate: 35.1 percent

Empathy score: 3.74

Selfish Index Score: 45.02

41

Washington

cityscape photo of a church, buildings, and trees in Spokane, Washington
cityscape photo of a church, buildings, and trees in Spokane, Washington

Fraser generosity index score: 4.9

Volunteer rate: 35.7 percent

Empathy score: 3.74

Selfish Index Score: 45.69

40

Georgia

Aerial over Piedmont Park with Atlanta, GA Skyline
Aerial over Piedmont Park with Atlanta, GA Skyline

Fraser generosity index score: 7.5

Volunteer rate: 26.5 percent

Empathy score: 3.71

Selfish Index Score: 46.59

39

Vermont

cityscape of windsor vermont
cityscape of windsor vermont

Fraser generosity index score: 3.4

Volunteer rate: 36 percent

Empathy score: 3.77

Selfish Index Score: 47.84

38

Maine

Aerial view of Bar Harbor Maine
Aerial view of Bar Harbor Maine

Fraser generosity index score: 3.2

Volunteer rate: 38.7 percent

Empathy score: 3.76

Selfish Index Score: 48.64

37

Virginia

aerial view of smith mountain lake in virginia
aerial view of smith mountain lake in virginia

Fraser generosity index score: 6.1

Volunteer rate: 34.0 percent

Empathy score: 3.70

Selfish Index Score: 49.98

36

Illinois

Chicago downtown and Chicago River at night in USA.
Chicago downtown and Chicago River at night in USA.

Fraser generosity index score: 5.0

Volunteer rate: 28.1 percent

Empathy score: 3.75

Selfish Index Score: 51.50

35

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fraser generosity index score: 4.5

Volunteer rate: 37.4 percent

Empathy score: 3.72

Selfish Index Score: 51.75

34

California

The skyline of Oakland, California from the bay.
The skyline of Oakland, California from the bay.

Fraser generosity index score: 5.7

Volunteer rate: 25.4 percent

Empathy score: 3.74

Selfish Index Score: 52.52

And for the place where marriage vows don't seem to mean all that much, This Is the Most Adulterous State in America.

33

New York

New York's Central Park
New York's Central Park

Fraser generosity index score: 6.0

Volunteer rate: 25.3 percent

Empathy score: 3.73

Selfish Index Score: 53.20

32

Arkansas

Overlook of the town of Fayetteville, Arkansas with the University of Arkansas
Overlook of the town of Fayetteville, Arkansas with the University of Arkansas

Fraser generosity index score: 5.4

Volunteer rate: 30.0 percent

Empathy score: 3.72

Selfish Index Score: 54.38

31

New Jersey

Aerial view of Edgewater and Fairview, New Jersey
Aerial view of Edgewater and Fairview, New Jersey

Fraser generosity index score: 6.3

Volunteer rate: 26.1 percent

Empathy score: 3.71

Selfish Index Score: 55.45

30

Colorado

skyline and mountains in Colorado Springs, Colorado at dusk
skyline and mountains in Colorado Springs, Colorado at dusk

Fraser generosity index score: 5.2

Volunteer rate: 32.4 percent

Empathy score: 3.71

Selfish Index Score: 55.54

29

Nebraska

Nebraska
Nebraska

Fraser generosity index score: 4.6

Volunteer rate: 40.2 percent

Empathy score: 3.69

Selfish Index Score: 55.65

28

Idaho

boise idaho
boise idaho

Fraser generosity index score: 5.2

Volunteer rate: 37.9 percent

Empathy score: 3.68

Selfish Index Score: 56.88

27

Iowa

Marion, Iowa
Marion, Iowa

Fraser generosity index score: 4.5

Volunteer rate: 41.5 percent

Empathy score: 3.68

Selfish Index Score: 57.43

26

South Carolina

Aerial view of Rainbow Row in downtown Charleston, SC
Aerial view of Rainbow Row in downtown Charleston, SC

Fraser generosity index score: 5.2

Volunteer rate: 30.8 percent

Empathy score: 3.70

Selfish Index Score: 60.13

25

Oklahoma

city skyline of downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
city skyline of downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Fraser generosity index score: 4.2

Volunteer rate: 32.0 percent

Empathy score: 3.72

Selfish Index Score: 60.36

24

Hawaii

pearl city hawaii aerial view
pearl city hawaii aerial view

Fraser generosity index score: 4.1

Volunteer rate: 28.0 percent

Empathy score: 3.74

Selfish Index Score: 60.56

23

South Dakota

Panorama of Rapid City, South Dakota
Panorama of Rapid City, South Dakota

Fraser generosity index score: 3.4

Volunteer rate: 36.3 percent

Empathy score: 3.72

Selfish Index Score: 60.76

22

Arizona

cityscape photo of homes, buildings, and mountains in Phoenix, Arizona
cityscape photo of homes, buildings, and mountains in Phoenix, Arizona

Fraser generosity index score: 4.8

Volunteer rate: 30.0 percent

Empathy score: 3.71

Selfish Index Score: 61.23

21

Missouri

st louis
st louis

Fraser generosity index score: 4.4

Volunteer rate: 31.9 percent

Empathy score: 3.71

Selfish Index Score: 61.74

20

North Dakota

fargo north dakota
fargo north dakota

Fraser generosity index score: 2.6

Volunteer rate: 37.4 percent

Empathy score: 3.73

Selfish Index Score: 62.37

19

Michigan

detroit michigan skyline
detroit michigan skyline

Fraser generosity index score: 4.3

Volunteer rate: 29.4 percent

Empathy score: 3.72

Selfish Index Score: 62.79

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18

New Hampshire

boats on a lake in New Hampshire
boats on a lake in New Hampshire

Fraser generosity index score: 3.9

Volunteer rate: 35.7 percent

Empathy score: 3.70

Selfish Index Score: 63.30

17

Tennessee

The skyline of Knoxville, Tennessee
The skyline of Knoxville, Tennessee

Fraser generosity index score: 3.8

Volunteer rate: 31.3 percent

Empathy score: 3.72

Selfish Index Score: 63.99

16

Mississippi

cityscape photos of a traffic on a street next to the Biloxi Lighthouse in Biloxi, Mississippi at night
cityscape photos of a traffic on a street next to the Biloxi Lighthouse in Biloxi, Mississippi at night

Fraser generosity index score: 4.7

Volunteer rate: 23.8 percent

Empathy score: 3.73

Selfish Index Score: 64.09

15

Kansas

buildings and the Cooper dome in the downtown area of Topeka, Kansas
buildings and the Cooper dome in the downtown area of Topeka, Kansas

Fraser generosity index score: 4.4

Volunteer rate: 36.5 percent

Empathy score: 3.68

Selfish Index Score: 64.16

14

Pennsylvania

Chester pennsylvania skyline
Chester pennsylvania skyline

Fraser generosity index score: 4.2

Volunteer rate: 34.2 percent

Empathy score: 3.69

Selfish Index Score: 65.67

13

Texas

Houston Texas
Houston Texas

Fraser generosity index score: 4.4

Volunteer rate: 28.4 percent

Empathy score: 3.71

Selfish Index Score: 65.96

And for the place where people are the most crazy about cannabis, This Is the Most Stoned State in America.

12

Wyoming

Bikers ride motorcycles in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA on a cloudy autumn day.
Bikers ride motorcycles in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA on a cloudy autumn day.

Fraser generosity index score: 4.4

Volunteer rate: 32.7 percent

Empathy score: 3.69

Selfish Index Score: 66.08

11

Ohio

aerial view of gallipolis ohio
aerial view of gallipolis ohio

Fraser generosity index score: 3.7

Volunteer rate: 33.2 percent

Empathy score: 3.70

Selfish Index Score: 67.72

10

Alaska

An aerial view of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel from Mount Roberts.
An aerial view of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel from Mount Roberts.

Fraser generosity index score: 2.5

Volunteer rate: 40.6 percent

Empathy score: 3.69

Selfish Index Score: 69.84

9

Louisiana

baton rouge louisiana from above
baton rouge louisiana from above

Fraser generosity index score: 3.7

Volunteer rate: 25.8 percent

Empathy score: 3.72

Selfish Index Score: 71.32

8

Indiana

Downtown Indianapolis skyline with the Depew Memorial Fountain, Obelisk, park, and the Indiana World War Memorial in the foreground.
Downtown Indianapolis skyline with the Depew Memorial Fountain, Obelisk, park, and the Indiana World War Memorial in the foreground.

Fraser generosity index score: 3.5

Volunteer rate: 34.9 percent

Empathy score: 3.68

Selfish Index Score: 72.38

7

Florida

st petersburg florida
st petersburg florida

Fraser generosity index score: 4.7

Volunteer rate: 22.8 percent

Empathy score: 3.70

Selfish Index Score: 73.27

And for the part of the country that is most active between the sheets, This Is the Most Promiscuous State in America.

6

Delaware

The aerial view of the beach town, fishing port and waterfront residential homes along the canal Lewes Delaware
The aerial view of the beach town, fishing port and waterfront residential homes along the canal Lewes Delaware

Fraser generosity index score: 4.9

Volunteer rate: 31.8 percent

Empathy score: 3.65

Selfish Index Score: 74.30

5

Alabama

orange beach alabama
orange beach alabama

Fraser generosity index score: 5.6

Volunteer rate: 27.4 percent

Empathy score: 3.65

Selfish Index Score: 74.72

4

New Mexico

Suburb in Albuquerque, NM
Suburb in Albuquerque, NM

Fraser generosity index score: 3.2

Volunteer rate: 27.1 percent

Empathy score: 3.71

Selfish Index Score: 75.91

3

West Virginia

landscape photo of Harper's Ferry, West Virginia at sunset
landscape photo of Harper's Ferry, West Virginia at sunset

Fraser generosity index score: 1.8

Volunteer rate: 28.1 percent

Empathy score: 3.73

Selfish Index Score: 79.17

2

Kentucky

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park in Kentucky, USA
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park in Kentucky, USA

Fraser generosity index score: 4.0

Volunteer rate: 28.1 percent

Empathy score: 3.67

Selfish Index Score: 79.74

1

Nevada

view of a mountain town in nevada
view of a mountain town in nevada

Fraser generosity index score: 4.4

Volunteer rate: 24.4 percent

Empathy score: 3.60

Selfish Index Score: 100.00

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