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North Dakota tied for 36th in patriotism; Minnesota ranks 49th

FARGO — A new state ranking, whose accuracy we can debate while grilling hot dogs and setting off fireworks, declares that the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota is 49th out of the 50 states in terms of patriotism.

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The only state having a harder time getting its red, white and blue flags to flutter is California, according to the rankings from Movoto Real Estate Blog, which advertises itself as the lighter side of real estate.

North Dakota was tied at No. 36 in the rankings with Mississippi.

South Dakota earns a snappy salute, coming in tied at No. 14 with Texas and Washington.

The Top 10 most patriotic states are South Carolina at No. 1, followed by Maine, North Carolina, Wyoming, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Alabama and Arizona.

Rounding out the bottom 10 are Rhode Island at No. 48, followed by Vermont, Hawaii, Michigan, New Jersey, Kansas, Connecticut and Oregon.

Movoto rated the states based on these criteria:

- National historic landmarks per capita.

- Veterans per capita.

- Money spent to fund veterans.

- Percentage of residents who voted in the last presidential election.

- People who use Google to search for American flags to buy.

- People who list America as an interest on Facebook.

Using information from the 2012 census, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Google Trends, Facebook and Wikipedia, Movoto rated each state from one to 50 in each category, with one as the best possible score.

Movoto then averaged the scores into a “Big Deal Score.” The lower the Big Deal Score, the more patriotic your state.

North Dakota was 21st in voting, but did better elsewhere. The Peace Garden State was 13th in liking the U.S. on Facebook, 22nd in historic landmarks, 27th in veterans per capita, 49th in funding for vets and 39th in Googling to buy U.S. flags.

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