The Most Sinful States in America

The Seven Deadly Sins

Morality is a slippery concept that changes through the years, but one measure that has survived the test of time is the seven deadly sins of Christian lore. Also known as the "cardinal sins", they purport to draw a line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior for anyone interested in spending their post-living years in the kingdom of heaven. Adhering as closely as we can to that framework, MainStreet took a look at several categories of data, ranked the states on each metric, and combined those rankings to get an idea of which states are the most sinful. Whether that makes them more attractive to people or less attractive depends on a person's tolerance for vice, but the results paint a picture of the diversity of lifestyles at work in this great nation. Photo Credit: Getty Images