New York apparently has a lot of moral growing to do.

Virtue and Vices

Anthony Newley Plays The Devil
S. Wood/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Image

Out of all the things New York is said to be, "sinful" was probably not on a lot of radars. However, our friends at WalletHub proved that we should be concerned about the soul of our state because it's apparently very filthy.

The website compared the 50 states across 55 key indicators of immoral or illicit behavior and determined which are the most and least depraved. Data accounted for the seven deadly sins of lust, gluttony, pride, wrath, envy, greed, and sloth.


Read More: 14 New York College Named Worst in the Country

As for how they did it, statistics like share of adults not exercising or high school graduation rates were used to determine a state's laziness. Meanwhile, teen birth rates or average time spent on adult entertainment sites were key indicators for lust.

In the end, New York landed on the upper half of the list and joined the ranks of the nation's most sinful states.

New York Is #1 for Vanity

Popularity Of Cosmetic Treatments Rising
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

New York's results trended all over the place. In some areas, New York was super sinful, but was relatively angelic when it came to other categories.

The state's biggest virtues were in the categories for excess and vices, as well as greed, where it scored super low. New York ranked 45th and 46th, respectively, out of 50. In one instance, it was found New York was the state with the fewest number of people with gambling disorders.

Read More: 2 Cities in New York State Named Rudest in the Nation

The Empire State was mid-tier when it came to the categories concerning lust, jealousy, anger and hatred, as well as laziness. We finished in 25th, 20th, 15th and 13th place, respectively.

But there was one category where New York outshined the rest of the competition. In the vanity category that  looked into data such as number of plastic surgeons, skincare specialists, personal care services, beauty salons and more - we were top dog.

With all of those numbers combined, the state was the 17th most sinful in America.

Other "Sinful" States

Evangelical Rock Group Delirious Strives to ''Save Souls''
David McNew/Getty Images

Nevada claimed top spot on the list, which really shouldn't surprise anyone who knows the other name we use for Las Vegas. Aside from greed, the state ranked highly for lust, laziness, and jealousy.

Louisiana stole the second spot with high scores in anger, jealousy, and laziness. The state was #1 in the excess & vices category.

California rounded out the top three, with second place finishes in both lust and vanity. The state also had issues with anger and jealousy, of which it respectively scored 10th and 11th worst.

Cassandra Happe, an analyst of WalletHub, explained this study was meant to highlight the bigger picture of the biggest problems facing the nation.

She said:

Although residents of every state have wonderful qualities, people across the nation have their own moral struggles, from violent outbursts and bullying to compulsive gambling, excessive lust and self-destructive consumption. At the individual level, harmful behavior may only impact a few people, but when a higher share of a state’s population engages in these activities, it diminishes the overall quality of life.

Are you surprised by New York's biggest vices and virtues? Let us know in the comments below.

Lite 98.7 logo
Get our free mobile app

The Top 10 Dumbest Cities in New York State

According to Road Snacks, New York isn't just one of the dumbest states in the nation - they claim to have found the top 10 dumbest cities in the Empire State.

As for what determines a "dumb" city, Road Snacks compared 163 cities with 5,000 or more residents, to find those with the largest population of those who never finished high school. The survey used Census data and "scientific stuff" from other "legitimate" sources to find the 10 areas with the highest concentration of high school dropouts.

Road Snacks argues that not finishing high school puts one at a significant disadvantage in life. The study adds that the areas with the highest percentage of adults without a high school degree should shine a light on the state as a whole.

In the end, these 10 cities were deemed to be the dumbest in New York State.
That said, the company is not calling these cities "dumb" - so if you have an issue, take it up with Road Snacks. We're just reporting their findings.

Gallery Credit: Megan

New York's Most Miserable Cities

According to Road Snacks, these are New York's 10 most miserable cities because apparently everything is going wrong there.

As for what determines how miserable a city is, Road Snacks compared 169 cities using Census data and other scientific stuff from other "legitimate" sources. They looked into divorce rates, commute times, cost of living, and other statistics to whip up this "fun" new list.

In the end, these 10 cities were deemed to be the gloomiest in New York State.

Gallery Credit: Megan

The 10 Worst Places To Live In New York State

While New York is certainly home to a plethora of hidden gems and breathtaking sights, Road Snacks has highlighted the state's most undesirable spots.

As for what determines what makes a city or town one of the "worst" places to live, Road Snacks compared 163 cities with 5,000 or more residents, to find those with the lowest median home value, weakest school districts, and highest rates of unemployment and crime. In short, the survey ranked cities and towns based off their economic performance and opportunity for growth, which Road Snacks says impacts the quality of life of its residents.

In the end, these 10 cities were deemed to be the worst New York State has to offer. That said, the company is not calling these cities bad - so if you have an issue, take it up with Road Snacks. We're just reporting their findings.

Gallery Credit: Megan

More From Lite 98.7