WalletHub ranked states by how sinful residents are, based on seven different vices including anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, and greed. Illinois scored particularly high in the categories of anger and hatred and excesses and vices. So if you're looking for a place to let your hair down and indulge in a little sin, Illinois might be the perfect destination for you.

What Are These Sinful Categories?

  • Anger & Hate
  • Jealousy
  • Excesses & Vices
  • Avarice
  • Lust
  • Vanity
  • Laziness
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While Illinois may have placed high on the overall list of most sinful states, its neighbor to the north, Wisconsin, holds the title for the state with the most excessive drinking. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wisconsin has the highest rate of binge drinking in the country,17% of adults binge drink, and 6% admitted heavy drinking.

This love of all things alcoholic has earned Wisconsin the nickname "The Drunkest State," and it's no surprise that Wisconsin is also home to some of the best breweries and distilleries in the country. Despite the love for booze in Wisconsin, the state landed at #34 on the list of most sinful states in America.

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Are you ready to hear about the sinfully delightful state of Illinois? Get ready for a wild ride, because this Midwestern gem has it all: alcohol, gambling, and crime.

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First of all, let's talk about the boozy side of Illinois. This state is home to some of the best breweries and distilleries in the country. Whether you're a fan of craft beer, whiskey, or both, Illinois has you covered. But beware: with all of this delicious alcohol flowing, it's no surprise that Illinois ranks as one of the drunkest states in the country.

If you're going to booze it up in Illinois, make sure to pace yourself and maybe bring a designated driver. Trust us, you don't want to end up on one of Chicago's famous "L" trains, slurring your words and trying to hold on to a handrail for dear life.

Gambling Might Be a Problem

But it's not just the alcohol that makes Illinois a sinful state. This state is also home to a thriving gambling industry, with casinos and slots place popping up all over the place. And let's not forget about the Illinois State Lottery, which has been tempting residents with its endless array of scratch-off tickets and lotto games. It's no wonder that Illinois ranks as one of the top states for gambling losses per resident.


Let's not forget about the criminal element in Illinois. Now, it's not to say that Illinois is a lawless wasteland, but it does have its fair share of crime. In particular, Chicago has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous cities in the country. From gang violence to carjackings, the Windy City has seen its fair share of crime. But it's not just Chicago that's a hotbed of wrongdoing. Smaller cities throughout Illinois have their own issues with crime, including drug trafficking, embezzlement, and even the occasional murder.

What Number Is Illinois On The "Most Sinful States" List?

Illinois, a state full of drunken debauchery, gambling addiction, and crime, earned the #10 spot on WalletHub's Most Sinful States in America list. But don't let that scare you off! Despite all of its vices, Illinois is still a great place to visit. Just be sure to drink responsibly, watch your wallet, and stay safe. And who knows, you might even have a little bit of sinful fun while you're at it.

The Rest of the Top 10

10. Illinois.
9. South Carolina
8. Georgia
7. Pennsylvania
6. Tennessee
5. Louisiana
4. Florida
3. Texas
2. California
1. Nevada

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

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