This Is America's Most Corrupt State
That's Mississippi, folks
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2014 1:58 PM CDT
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(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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Jun 21, 2014 6:01 PM CDT
That list shows why I trust the IRS when they investigate conservative groups as opposed to the conservatives who are on a witch hunt against the IRS. It is obvious that the conservatives have something to hide and they want no one to know about what they are doing!
Chris Farley
Jun 16, 2014 8:30 AM CDT
Brought to you by some rich yankee. No way NY and NJ are not on the top of that list.
Jun 15, 2014 10:01 AM CDT
BobbyRiciglian, your post itself is racist. It is ludicrous to claim that corruption is due to support of slavery and inbreeding when Illinois and Pennsylvania are near the top of the list. Inbreeding? Really? I'll bet you think there are no paved road in the South. FYI, most corruption in the South is happening because of state representatives & other officials taking bribes from construction and gambling interests. Re. Scruchy, Healthsouth, Siegelman, Victoryland, McGregor... Google those.