Ala. (WHNT) - We know that many of you are die hard patriots, and that celebrating the 4th of July makes it easy to fall in love with America all over again.
As competitive as we are in this great state of Alabama, here's some good news: we fall right into the top ten most patriotic states.
Movoto real estate blog released a study, ranking the states on their patriotism.
How do you measure a patriot? And, how do you measure which state has the proudest Americans?
Here's the criteria Movoto considered indicative of what would make Uncle Sam proud of his States:
- National Historic Landmarks per Capita
- Veterans per Capita
- Money Spent to Fund Veterans
- Percent of Residents That Voted in the Last Presidential Election
- People Who Google For American Flags to buy
- People Who List America as an Interest on Facebook
After getting their hands on that data from the most recent U.S. Census, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Google Trends, Facebook, and Wikipedia, they ranked each state.
Alabama, number nine!
So, we're in the top ten! Not bad. But, how did we get here?
The study said Alabama ranked 17th in supporting our troops. Where the really amazing numbers were, however, was in people searching for American flag.
In general the survey shows scores for each category were in the top 30 on their list. So, whether you're a voter, a vet or just a plain ol' patriot, you've earned a gold star for the red, white and blue!
Oh, and, number one on the list.. South Carolina!