I'm writing this article before the big presidential debate on TV tonight. As political discourse and internet chatter will only escalate throughout the 2024 election, I'm trying to find peace in knowing that despite the exaggerated differences we might have (or what the media would like you to believe) regarding who will win the White House this year, Montanans love our nation.

Photo by specphotops on Unsplash
Photo by specphotops on Unsplash

You've probably seen the meme floating around that ranks Montana as one of the most patriotic states in the US, and it's true. Red, Blue, or Purple, most of us in the Treasure State love our country, despite how we feel about Trump, Biden, Sheehy, or Tester.

Montana ranks 4th in the US (per capita) for the number of veterans. We also rank high for voter turnout. During the 2020 election, 73.5 percent of our voting population went to the polls, and 46% voted in the 2020 primary, the highest turnout in the nation.

Source: WalletHub

Of course, being patriotic is more than voting, military service, or flying a flag in your yard. WalletHub ranked all 50 states and part of their criteria were rates of volunteerism. Montana ranked well here too. They noted,

Montana also has a lot of residents who volunteer for the Peace Corps and Americorps, and over 31% of residents volunteer for some sort of organization in general. For comparison, in more than half of the states, the volunteer rate is below 25%.

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Okay, so Montanans are quite patriotic. But looking at which states are considered least patriotic is interesting too. Based on WalletHub's point system, the least patriotic states are Indiana, Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, and Arkansas. See the full report HERE.

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