It’s officially summer, and the Fourth of July is less than two weeks out.  So an annual study on PATRIOTISM just hit.

WalletHub.com does an annual ranking of the most patriotic states in America based on two factors:  Military engagement and civic engagement.

That includes things like how many people enlist in the armed forces . . . how many veterans there are . . . how many people vote . . . and how many of us volunteers.

For the third year in a row, there’s been a reshuffling at the top:  ALASKA is the most patriotic state in America this time.  Montana was #1 last year, and New Hampshire ranked first in 2020.

The ten most patriotic states are:  Alaska . . . Montana . . . Virginia . . . North Dakota . . . Oregon . . . Maryland . . . Hawaii . . . Vermont . . . New Hampshire . . . and Iowa.  (Washington, South Dakota, and Colorado barely missed the Top 10.)

At the bottom of the list is Arkansas, followed by New York, Rhode Island, Florida, and Massachusetts.

Alaska, Virginia, and Wyoming have the most veterans per capita . . . Georgia, Alaska, and Texas have the most enlistees . . . Utah, South Dakota, and Nebraska ranked first in volunteers . . . and the states with the highest voting rates are New Jersey, Minnesota, and Oregon.