50-States Ranked | 2017 Most Gambling-Addicted States

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Gambling is a part of American culture and has been since the beginning of time in one form or another. Every state in America offers some sort of gambling. Whether your state has a casino, or offers other betting platforms such as horse racing or high stakes bingo…there is usually always a place to gamble a few…or many dollars.

The National Council on Problem Gambling states that problem and compulsive gambling is a $6 billion a year problem.

It is fact that men typically have a bigger urge to gamble and will often times become addicted easier than women. Individually, a male gambling addict accumulates an average debt of between $55,000 and $90,000 whereas a female averages $15,000. Most cannot afford to pay back what they owe. As a result, gambling addicts develop a high tendency to amass even more debt, suffer from other health issues, lose their jobs, strain their relationships or even commit crimes.

Below is a list of the 50-states and how they rank in regards to gambling addiction. You will never guess which state made the number one spot (sarcasm detected).

Overall Rank
(1 = Most Addicted)
State Total Score ‘Gambling-Friendliness’ Rank ‘Gambling Problem & Treatment’ Rank
1 Nevada 55.98 1 10
2 South Dakota 55.66 3 6
3 Montana 51.32 2 23
4 West Virginia 47.86 6 7
5 Mississippi 47.21 9 1
6 New Jersey 46.22 10 3
7 Oklahoma 44.29 4 38
8 Oregon 41.61 5 39
9 Louisiana 36.57 11 19
10 Ohio 36.36 15 11
11 Delaware 36.20 12 20
12 North Dakota 35.47 8 35
13 Massachusetts 35.41 14 16
14 Maryland 35.09 25 5
15 Colorado 32.62 17 18
16 Tennessee 32.48 18 14
17 New Mexico 32.38 7 50
18 Illinois 31.23 37 2
19 New York 31.22 13 44
20 Rhode Island 29.49 16 37
21 Missouri 29.37 36 4
22 Wyoming 29.32 22 26
23 Idaho 29.08 21 27
24 Iowa 28.87 27 17
25 Connecticut 28.44 19 34
26 Michigan 28.42 28 15
27 Pennsylvania 28.26 23 33
28 Virginia 27.19 20 43
29 California 26.18 24 42
30 Indiana 25.88 26 32
31 South Carolina 25.83 34 12
32 Maine 24.01 41 9
33 Minnesota 23.89 33 22
34 New Hampshire 23.77 29 25
35 Arkansas 22.31 30 30
36 Kansas 21.63 40 21
37 Texas 20.74 45 13
38 Washington 20.47 32 41
39 Hawaii 20.25 49 8
40 Georgia 19.17 39 36
41 Florida 18.28 31 49
42 Arizona 18.19 35 47
43 North Carolina 17.90 43 28
44 Alaska 17.64 44 24
45 Vermont 16.65 46 31
46 Wisconsin 16.33 42 46
47 Kentucky 16.33 38 48
48 Utah 14.45 49 29
49 Nebraska 13.64 48 40
50 Alabama 13.45 47 45

Have a problem gambling? Seek help here. The National Council on Problem Gambling operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (1-800-522-4700).

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