Studies: Kentucky Among Most Corrupt, Sort of Stressed Out States
Kentucky is among the ten most corrupt states in the country according to a new study released by researchers from the University of Honk Kong and Indiana University.
The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union.
Based on that method, Kentucky ranked ninth in the nation for corruption. WFPL notes:
Between 2001 and 2010, Kentucky had 281 convictions of public officials on corruption-related charges, ranking the Commonwealth third in the nation for such convictions, according to a 2012 analysis by Governing Magazine.
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Meanwhile, Kentucky ranks 29th in the country among stressed out states as KY Forward's Erin Grigson reports:
If you’re stressed, move to North Dakota. Shark attacks are much less common there.
In a recent study done by Movoto Blog, a real estate resource, to find the most stressed states, Kentucky was listed in the middle of the pack.
Ranked 29 out of 48, the Bluegrass state was all over the board in the categories.
The study ranked states based on their average hours worked per week, population density, unemployment rate, income on housing, lack of health insurance, and having a commute longer than 20 minutes.
While Kentucky ranked low on the stress scale for percentage of income spent on housing (No. 40, with 18 percent), the state ranked high on unemployment (No. 17, with nine and a half percent).
Around 50 percent of Kentuckians had a commute longer than 20 minutes, over 16 percent of the population had no health insurance and they worked an average of 38.6 hours per week.
The most stressed out state was Florida, who is apparently worried about shark attacks and the cost of fixing those wounds and others like them. The Sunshine state was third in percentage of the population without health insurance (25.8 percent) and third in unemployment (11.3 percent), as well.
Other stressed out states included Georgia, New Jersey, California, Nevada, Illinois, New York, Maryland, North Carolina and Arizona.
North Dakota was found to be the least stressed state. Unemployment was less than four percent and less than 11 percent lacked health insurance.
The data was collected from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2008-2012.
To view the complete list and see where other states were ranked, click here.