This State Has the Most Vices in America, According to Data

V.S. Wells
·12 min read

We’ve all got those habits that we know are bad for us, whether it’s having a couple drinks too many to unwind or not walking away from a slot machine that we’ve already sunk a little too much money into. But it seems like some people are more prone to these vices than others. To determine where sinners run rampant, we’ve put together an index of common "bad" habits—gambling, nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, and lust—to figure out which state has the most vices in America.

First, we used WalletHub’s ranking of gambling problems and treatment by state, where 50 is the state where gambling is the least problematic and 1 being the state with the worst gambling addiction. We also included the site's "lust index," a look at how much time and money each state spends on adult entertainment websites, again with 1 being the most lustful and 50 being the least. Then, we used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine the percentage of adult smokers in each state.

Next up, we used data shared by WalletHub on the number of adult residents who consume ready-to-drink coffee to get an idea of where people are most reliant on their caffeine fix. (This measures buying pre-made coffee products from grocery stores, as opposed to making coffee at home or purchasing it from coffee shops.) Finally, we looked at CDC data on the prevalence of adult binge drinking (defined as five or more drinks on an occasion for men and four or more for women). We then gave each metric a weighted value before running them through our exclusive algorithm to see how each state scored on our 100-point scale Vice Index.

As you'll see by the gaps in scores, both the most and least vice-prone states claimed their titles by quite some margin. Ultimately, the highest-ranking state wasn’t the single most vice-gripped in any category, but had ranked high for lust, gambling, alcohol, and caffeine, while earning a moderate score for nicotine. Read on to find out how your home state ranked in comparison to the state with the most vices in America. And for the state that's sinning in another way, This Is the Kinkiest State in America.

50

Utah

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 22

WalletHub lust rank: 40

Adult smokers: 9 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.74 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 11.4 percent

Vice Index Score: 0.00

49

Connecticut

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 48

WalletHub lust rank: 46

Adult smokers: 12.2 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 12.31 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 18.3 percent

Vice Index Score: 9.27

48

New Mexico

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 50

WalletHub lust rank: 26

Adult smokers: 15.2 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.69 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 13.6 percent

Vice Index Score: 10.70

47

Vermont

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 28

WalletHub lust rank: 50

Adult smokers: 13.7 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.92 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 19.0 percent

Vice Index Score: 12.17

46

Rhode Island

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 40

WalletHub lust rank: 48

Adult smokers: 14.6 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 12.00 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 17.0 percent

Vice Index Score: 13.06

45

Idaho

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 18

WalletHub lust rank: 45

Adult smokers: 14.7 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.94 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 14.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 15.11

44

Iowa

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 35

WalletHub lust rank: 39

Adult smokers: 16.6 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.39 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 21.3 percent

Vice Index Score: 24.04

43

Washington

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 31

WalletHub lust rank: 33

Adult smokers: 12 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.92 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 16.6 percent

Vice Index Score: 24.74

42

West Virginia

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 32

WalletHub lust rank: 30

Adult smokers: 25.2 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.16 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 11.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 25.20

41

Alabama

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 34

WalletHub lust rank: 16

Adult smokers: 19.2

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.63 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 12.2 percent

Vice Index Score: 26.60

40

Indiana

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 45

WalletHub lust rank: 27

Adult smokers: 21.1 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.97 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 16.6 percent

Vice Index Score: 30.45

39

Nebraska

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 30

WalletHub lust rank: 34

Adult smokers: 16 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.63 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 20.4 percent

Vice Index Score: 31.31

38

New Hampshire

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 12

WalletHub lust rank: 49

Adult smokers: 15.6 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.16 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 17.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 31.34

37

Pennsylvania

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 43

WalletHub lust rank: 25

Adult smokers: 17 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.21 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 18.5 percent

Vice Index Score: 31.80

And for the state that's green with envy, check out The Most Jealous State in America.

36

Oregon

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 27

WalletHub lust rank: 36

Adult smokers: 15.6 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.46 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 17.7 percent

Vice Index Score: 33.01

35

North Dakota

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 39

WalletHub lust rank: 44

Adult smokers: 19.1 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.33 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 24.9 percent

Vice Index Score: 33.38

34

Wyoming

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 25

WalletHub lust rank: 35

Adult smokers: 18.8 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.80 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 16.9 percent

Vice Index Score: 33.55

33

Massachusetts

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 36

WalletHub lust rank: 42

Adult smokers: 13.4 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 12.80 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 18.7 percent

Vice Index Score: 33.77

32

Maine

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 17

WalletHub lust rank: 47

Adult smokers: 17.8 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.50 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 20.2 percent

Vice Index Score: 33.92

31

Kentucky

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 47

WalletHub lust rank: 22

Adult smokers: 23.4 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.67 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 16.1 percent

Vice Index Score: 33.97

30

Florida

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 49

WalletHub lust rank: 7

Adult smokers: 14.5 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.75 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 17.2 percent

Vice Index Score: 38.20

And for the state that's full of disdain, check out The Most Hateful State in America.

29

Kansas

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 19

WalletHub lust rank: 29

Adult smokers: 17.2 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.90 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 16.5 percent

Vice Index Score: 39.70

28

Michigan

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 46

WalletHub lust rank: 19

Adult smokers: 18.9 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.91 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 19.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 39.85

27

Arizona

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 33

WalletHub lust rank: 15

Adult smokers: 14 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 12.00 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 15.0 percent

Vice Index Score: 40.08

26

South Dakota

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 46

WalletHub lust rank: 19

Adult smokers: 18.9 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.91 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 19.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 41.58

25

Delaware

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 16

WalletHub lust rank: 32

Adult smokers: 16.5 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.39 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 15.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 41.72

24

Wisconsin

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 37

WalletHub lust rank: 31

Adult smokers: 16.4 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.75 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 24.4 percent

Vice Index Score: 42.84

23

Oklahoma

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 26

WalletHub lust rank: 17

Adult smokers: 19.7 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.00 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 13.6 percent

Vice Index Score: 43.00

22

Virginia

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 29

WalletHub lust rank: 21

Adult smokers: 14.9 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.69 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 17.0 percent

Vice Index Score: 43.13

21

Montana

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 13

WalletHub lust rank: 43

Adult smokers: 18 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.39 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 21.3 percent

Vice Index Score: 43.49

20

Georgia

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 38

WalletHub lust rank: 5

Adult smokers: 16.1 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.34 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 15.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 44.38

19

Ohio

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 42

WalletHub lust rank: 18

Adult smokers: 20.5 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.00 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 19.5 percent

Vice Index Score: 48.69

18

New York

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 44

WalletHub lust rank: 23

Adult smokers: 12.8 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 13.66 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 17.6 percent

Vice Index Score: 48.99

And for more on how people across the country like to blow off steam, This Is the Hardest-Partying State in America, According to Data.

17

North Carolina

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 21

WalletHub lust rank: 12

Adult smokers: 17.4 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.04 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 14.6 percent

Vice Index Score: 49.13

16

Minnesota

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 8

WalletHub lust rank: 38

Adult smokers: 15.1 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.99 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 20.5 percent

Vice Index Score: 49.36

15

Alaska

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 23

WalletHub lust rank: 37

Adult smokers: 19.1 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.47 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 20.0 percent

Vice Index Score: 52.32

14

Louisiana

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 41

WalletHub lust rank: 6

Adult smokers: 20.5 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.95 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 18.0 percent

Vice Index Score: 54.73

13

South Carolina

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 14

WalletHub lust rank: 14

Adult smokers: 18 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.82 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 16.3 percent

Vice Index Score: 57.66

12

Colorado

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 10

WalletHub lust rank: 28

Adult smokers: 14.5 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.84 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 18.1 percent

Vice Index Score: 57.80

11

Maryland

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 15

WalletHub lust rank: 11

Adult smokers: 12.5 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 12.37 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 14.7 percent

Vice Index Score: 58.87

10

Tennessee

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 5

WalletHub lust rank: 9

Adult smokers: 20.7 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.77 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 10.9 percent

Vice Index Score: 59.70

9

Arkansas

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 20

WalletHub lust rank: 10

Adult smokers: 22.7 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.7 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 15.2 percent

Vice Index Score: 63.65

8

Mississippi

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 1

WalletHub lust rank: 8

Adult smokers: 20.5 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.76 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 12.5 percent

Vice Index Score: 68.37

7

Nevada

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 11

WalletHub lust rank: 4

Adult smokers: 15.7 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 11.89 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 14.5 percent

Vice Index Score: 70.48

6

Missouri

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 3

WalletHub lust rank: 20

Adult smokers: 19.4 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 10.87 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 17.7 percent

Vice Index Score: 70.76

5

New Jersey

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 7

WalletHub lust rank: 24

Adult smokers: 13.1 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 13.44 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 17.0 percent

Vice Index Score: 76.57

4

California

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 24

WalletHub lust rank: 2

Adult smokers: 11.2 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 13.67 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 16.7 percent

Vice Index Score: 77.74

And for the most precarious part of the U.S., This Is the Most Dangerous State in America.

3

Texas

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 9

WalletHub lust rank: 1

Adult smokers: 14.4 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 12.37 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 16.1 percent

Vice Index Score: 82.28

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2

Hawaii

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 2

WalletHub lust rank: 13

Adult smokers: 13.4 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 12.39 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 19.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 87.00

1

Illinois

WalletHub gambling problem rank: 4

WalletHub lust rank: 3

Adult smokers: 15.5 percent

Adults who drink pre-made coffee products: 12.17 percent

Adults who report binge drinking: 20.8 percent

Vice Index Score: 100.00

And for another vice to measure states by, check out The Most Stoned State in America.