The 15 Most Sinful Cities in America

People across the United States are very different.

And that means that in cities across America, people indulge in varying vices. From smoking to gambling to drinking to taking in adult entertainment, many of them seem relatively harmless in moderation. But combined with sins like credit card fraud, violent crime, and various addictions, America’s sins cost the country millions.

WalletHub crunched the numbers to identify the most sinful cities in the United States. Let’s take a quick look at the most sinful cities in America and discover their worst offenses. Most people don’t expect to see No. 5 on the list.

15. Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida skyline

Tampa, Florida, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

  • Worst sin: Anger and hatred

Tampa, Florida, starts off the list at 15th place among America’s most sinful cities. WalletHub reports that Tampa’s worst sins fall into the category of anger and hatred. To calculate each city’s score in this category, the publication looked at violent crimes per capita, sex offenders per capita, the bullying rate, hate crimes per capita, and hate groups per capita. Interestingly enough, WalletHub also reports that Tampa earned fourth place on the list of cities with the most adult entertainment establishments per capita.

Next: This southern city’s worst sin? Greed.

14. Columbia, South Carolina

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  • Worst sin: Greed

Next on the list? Columbia, South Carolina, which WalletHub ranks in 14th place among America’s most sinful cities. Columbia’s worst sin, according to the publication, is greed. But how did the publication come up with that category? “Greed” scores were calculated by taking into account the number of casinos per capita, the share of charitable donations as a share of income, and the share of the city’s population with gambling disorders. It sounds like Columbia didn’t score so well.

Next: This city sets records for anger and hatred. 

13. Reno, Nevada

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  • Worst sin: Anger and hatred

Reno Nevada is next on the list, at 13th place among the most sinful cities in the United States. Perhaps surprisingly for a city known for its casinos, Reno’s worst sins involve anger and hatred, according to WalletHub. (That category, as you’ll recall, accounts for factors including violent crime, a city’s population of sex offenders, bullying, hate crime, and hate groups). Reno also has a lot of casinos, but seemingly not enough per capita for WalletHub to call out the city for greed. Perhaps Reno’s proximity to ski resorts balances that out.

Next: This Florida city has a lot of vices. 

12. Miami, Florida

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  • Worst sin: Excesses and vices

WalletHub ranks Miami, Florida, in 12th place among the most sinful cities in the United States. Miami’s worst offense, according to the publication? A category of sins WalletHub calls “excesses and vices.” That’s a big category. And researchers looked at a variety of factors for excesses and vices scores, including: a city’s share of obese adults, fast food establishments per capita, excessive drinking rates, share of adult smokers, share of adult coffee drinkers, share of the population using marijuana, retail opioid prescriptions dispensed per 100 people, drug overdose deaths, and debt-to-income ratio.

Next: This city sets records for jealousy. 

11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge and The Mississipi River

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  • Worst sin: Jealousy

Next on the list? Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which earned 11th place on WalletHub’s list of the most sinful cities in the United States. The publication reports that the worst sin of Lousiana’s capital city is jealousy. To score Baton Rouge on this measure, WalletHub took into account the number of thefts per capita, the rate of identity theft complaints per capita, and the number of fraud and other complaints per capita.

Next: This southern city gets called out for greed. 

10. Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida skyline

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  • Worst sin: Greed

Orlando makes the top 10 among the most sinful cities in the United States. It might surprise you to see the home of Disney World, Universal Orlando, and other family-friendly attractions number among the most sinful cities. But WalletHub reports that Orlando’s worst sin is greed, as illustrated by its number of casinos per capita, the city’s charitable donations as a share of income, and the share of its population with gambling disorders.

Next: This southern city also has a problem with greed. 

9. Atlanta, Georgia

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  • Worst sin: Greed

Atlanta earned 9th place on WalletHub’s list of the most sinful cities in America. Like Orlando, Atlanta’s worst sin is greed, according to the publication. (As measured by the number of casinos in the city, residents’ charitable donations as a share of their income, and the share of the city’s population dealing with gambling disorders.) Interestingly enough, WalletHub also reports that Atlanta ranks in third place for having the most adult entertainment establishments per capita.

Next: This city sets records for vanity. 

8. Gulfport, Mississippi

Gulfport, Mississippi

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  • Worst sin: Vanity (followed by jealousy)

Next on the list? Gulfport, Mississippi, which WalletHub ranks in 8th place among the United States’ most sinful cities. (As you might guess from its name, Gulfport is located on the Gulf of Mexico and has a beach on the Mississippi Sound.) WalletHub characterizes vanity as Gulfport’s biggest sin, pointing to its number of beauty salons per capita, its count of tanning salons per capita, and the city’s Google Search Interest Index for “Top 5 plastic surgeries.”

Next: This city has a problem with anger. 

7. Henderson, Nevada

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  • Worst sin: Anger and hatred

In 7th place comes Henderson, Nevada, a city near the more notorious metropolis of Las Vegas. (You’ll find Henderson 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Henderson is the second-largest city in the state of Nevada and is technically part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley.) WalletHub characterizes anger and hatred as Henderson’s worst category of sins, thanks to factors such as violent crime, sex offender population, bullying, and hate crimes.

Next: This city’s worst offense is jealousy. 

6. New Orleans, Louisiana

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  • Worst sin: Jealousy

New Orleans, Louisiana, landed in 6th place on WalletHub’s list of the most sinful cities in the United States. That probably surprises nobody who’s familiar with New Orleans’ reputation for vibrant nightlife, or who’s heard of just how big Mardi Gras is in the Big Easy. But surprisingly enough, WalletHub characterizes jealousy as New Orleans’ biggest sin. Theft, identity theft, and fraud are apparently a problem in the festive Louisiana city.

Next: This city has a problem with vanity. 

5. Charleston, West Virginia

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  • Worst sin: Vanity

In 5th place, you’ll find Charleston, West Virginia, the state’s capital. WalletHub reports that vanity is this riverside city’s worst offense, as illustrated by the number of beauty salons per capita, the count of tanning salons per capita, and the Google Search Interest Index for “Top 5 plastic surgeries.” Surprisingly enough, WalletHub also reports that Charleston ranks in third place for the most thefts per capita.

Next: This Midwestern city also counts vanity as its worst offense. 

4. Detroit, Michigan

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  • Worst sin: Vanity

Detroit, Michigan, landed in 4th place on WalletHub’s list of the most sinful cities in the United States. And just like Charleston, Detroit can count vanity as its biggest sin, according to the publication’s analysis. But that’s not the only thing to look out for if you live in Detroit or are thinking of visiting. WalletHub also reports that Detroit ranks in first place for the most violent crimes per capita.

Next: This city commits several notable sins.  

3. North Las Vegas, Nevada

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  • Worst sin: Anger and hatred (followed by excesses and vices)

North Las Vegas, a city in Nevada’s Las Vegas Valley, lands in the top three most sinful cities in the United States, according to WalletHub. The category of “anger and hatred” ranks as North Las Vegas’s worst offense. And that’s followed by a group of sins called excesses and vices, which accounts for factors including obesity rates, fast food spots per capita, excessive drinking rates, the share of adult smokers, and drug overdose deaths. WalletHub also reports that North Las Vegas landed in fifth place on the list of the cities with the most tanning salons per capita.

Next: This city’s biggest offense? Laziness. 

2. St. Louis, Missouri

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  • Worst sin: Laziness (followed by greed)

Second place among the most sinful cities in America goes to St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is also the only city on the list to count laziness as its biggest fault, according to WalletHub. That category looks at factors such as the share of adults who don’t exercise, the average number of weekly hours worked, the volunteer rate, average daily time spent watching TV, and the high school dropout rate. WalletHub also reports that St. Louis lands in second place for the most violent crimes per capita.

Next: This city has a big problem with anger. 

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

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  • Worst sin: Anger and hatred

As for the most sinful city of all? That honor goes to Las Vegas, Nevada. WalletHub points to anger and hatred as the worst offense of this resort city in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. But that’s not the city’s only claim to fame when you start crunching the numbers. WalletHub reports that Las Vegas also ranks in first place for having the most adult entertainment establishments per capita. It also has the most tanning salons per capita.

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