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Portland Ranked Among Most Sinful Cities in U.S.

Monday, November 26, 2018
GoLocalPDX News Team

Portland is one of the most sinful cities in the country. 

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Portland is ranked as the 18th most sinful city out of 182 ranked cities. 

“Las Vegas isn’t the only “Sin City” in America. In other cities, bad things happen and stay there, too. From beer-loving Milwaukee to hedonistic New Orleans, the U.S. is filled with people behaving illicitly. No place is innocent. We all have demons. But at some point, we all have to pay for our vices. Gambling addiction, for instance, leads to $100 billion in losses for U.S. consumers every year. In 2017, identity theft and fraud took a toll of $16 billion. And every year, smoking burns a $300 billion hole in Uncle Sam’s wallet,” writes WalletHub.

Portland’s Rankings:

  • 98th Best - Anger and Hatred 
  • 52nd Best - Jealousy 
  • 56th Best - Excesses and Vices 
  • 18th Best - Greed 
  • 15th Best - Lust 
  • T-1 - Most Adult Entertainment Establishments per Capita 
  • 171st - Lowest % of Adults Not Exercising 

 

The Rankings 

Portland is ranked behind Tampa, Florida and Baltimore, Maryland who rank 16th and 17th respectively. 

Portland is ranked ahead of New Orleans, Louisiana and Cleveland, Ohio, who rank 19th and 20th respectively. 

Las Vegas is ranked as the most sinful city in the U.S., while South Burlington, Vermont is ranked as the least sinful.

See the Rankings in the Map Below

Source: WalletHub

 

The Method

In order to determine the most sinful cities in America, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across seven key dimensions: 1) Anger & Hatred, 2) Jealousy, 3) Excesses & Vices, 4) Greed, 5) Lust, 6) Vanity and 7) Laziness.

WalletHub examined those dimensions using 37 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of sinfulness.

Finally, they calculated the overall score, or WalletHub Vice Index, for each city based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to rank-order the cities.

Anger & Hatred – Total Points: 14.3

  • Violent Crimes per Capita: Full Weight (~1.79 Points)
  • Sex Offenders per Capita: Full Weight (~1.79 Points)
  • Bullying Rate*: Full Weight (~1.79 Points)
  • Hate-Crime Incidents per Capita: Full Weight (~1.79 Points)
  • Hate Groups per Capita: Full Weight (~1.79 Points)
  • Deaths due to Firearms per 100,000 Population: Full Weight (~1.79 Points)
  • Number of Mass Shootings: Full Weight (~1.79 Points)
  • Presence of Terrorist Attacks: Full Weight (~1.79 Points)

 

Jealousy – Total Points: 14.3

  • Thefts per Capita: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)
  • Identity-Theft Complaints per Capita: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)
  • Fraud & Other Complaints per Capita: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)

 

Excesses & Vices – Total Points: 14.3

  • Share of Obese Adults: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • Fast-Food Establishments per Capita**: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • Excessive Drinking: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • DUI-Related Fatalities per Capita: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • Share of Adult Smokers: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • Share of Adult Coffee Drinkers: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • Share of Population Using Marijuana: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • Retail Opioid Prescriptions Dispensed per 100 Persons: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • Drug Overdose Deaths: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio: Full Weight (~1.43 Points)

 

Greed – Total Points: 14.3

  • Casinos per Capita**: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)
  • Charitable Donations as Share of Income: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)
  • Share of Adults with Gambling Disorders*: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)

 

Lust – Total Points: 14.3

  • Adult Entertainment Establishments per Capita**: Full Weight (~3.58 Points)
  • Google Search Interest Index for “XXX Entertainment”: Full Weight (~3.58 Points)
  • “Most Active Tinder Users” Ranking: Full Weight (~3.58 Points)
  • Teen Birth Rate: Full Weight (~3.58 Points)

 

Vanity – Total Points: 14.3

  • Beauty Salons per Capita**: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)
  • Tanning Salons per Capita**: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)
  • Google Search Interest Index for “Top 5 Plastic Surgeries”: Full Weight (~4.77 Points)

 

Laziness – Total Points: 14.3

  • Share of Adults Not Exercising: Full Weight (~2.38 Points)
  • Average Weekly Hours Worked: Full Weight (~2.38 Points)
  • Volunteer Rate: Full Weight (~2.38 Points)
  • Average Daily Time Spent Watching TV*: Full Weight (~2.38 Points)
  • High School Dropout Rate: Full Weight (~2.38 Points)
  • Disconnected Youth (16-24) Rate: Full Weight (~2.38 Points)

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