2022’s Most Sinful Cities in America – WalletHub Study

The holidays are known for encouraging overeating and overspending, which is bad news when over 40% of U.S. adults are already obese and the country has over $1 trillion in credit card debt.

In light of these vices and several others, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the 2022’s Most Sinful Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary. To determine the most wicked places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.

Here are some highlights from the report:

Most Sinful Cities Least Sinful Cities
1. Las Vegas, NV 173. South Burlington, VT
2. St. Louis, MO 174. Columbia, MD
3. Philadelphia, PA 175. Burlington, VT
4. Houston, TX 176. Laredo, TX
5. Atlanta, GA 177. Pearl City, HI
6. Los Angeles, CA 178. Cape Coral, FL
7. Denver, CO 179. West Valley City, UT
8. Chicago, IL 180. Fremont, CA
9. Baton Rouge, LA 181. Bridgeport, CT
10. Phoenix, AZ 182. Port St. Lucie, FL

Most vs. Least Sinful

  • Irvine, California, has the lowest violent crime rate, 0.51, which is 46.1 times lower than in Memphis, Tennessee, the city with the highest at 23.52.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 8.26, which is 9.2 times fewer than in Salt Lake City, the city with the most at 75.93.
  • San Francisco has the lowest share of obese adults, 16.10 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 49.40 percent.
  • San Jose, California, has the lowest share of adult smokers, 8.70 percent, which is 2.9 times lower than in Huntington, West Virginia, the city with the highest at 25.11 percent.