This Is America's Most Corrupt State

That's Mississippi, folks

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 13, 2014 1:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – Mississippi isn't just the most religious state in the country, it's also the most corrupt, according to a new study. The study, which compiled more than 25,000 corruption convictions of public officials between 1976 and 2008, also revealed that corruption in the country's 10 worst states, listed below, costs residents $1,308 per year on average, Fortune reports. Read on to see if you're one of the lucky ones.

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Tennessee
  4. Illinois
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Alabama
  7. Alaska
  8. South Dakota
  9. Kentucky
  10. Florida

Where does the nation sit on the world stage as far as corruption is concerned? Well, PolicyMic notes a 2013 report ranked the US 19th least-corrupt out of 177 nations. Find out which states are the least corrupt here or read about why this little place is considered Florida's most corrupt town.

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An inmate looks out his cell at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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