A survey published last week ranked Virginia as the country’s second most corrupt state.
The survey, published by The Daily Beast website, analyzed a range of incidents of private and public corruption from 1998 to 2008 in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., to determine which are the most clean in terms of good governance.
Virginia ranked right behind the No. 1 state, Tennessee. The most honest state? New Hampshire.
The Daily Beast delved into federal databases to rank the level of corruption in each state. The areas examined included convictions of elected and other public officials; racketeering and extortion; forgery and counterfeiting; fraud; and embezzlement. Rankings were based on weighted averages using a mathematical formula.
Virginia ranked as follows in the categories: No. 14 in corruption; No. 9 in racketeering and extortion; No. 18 in forgery and counterfeiting; No. 9 in fraud; and No. 5 in embezzlement.
Virginia’s neighboring states and the District of Columbia fared much better. Maryland ranked 23rd overall, West Virginia came in at 31, and the District at 36. Among other states, Nevada – home to Las Vegas – ranked seventh, and New Jersey was way down the list at No. 21.
The report is available at http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-05-11/the-most-corrupt-states
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