What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Turns out, the same can be said about Atlanta.
Las Vegas is called “Sin City,” it’s not the only one in the U.S., although some are more “sinful” than others.
Personal finance website WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated in each state — across seven key dimensions: 1) anger and hatred, 2) jealousy, 3) excesses and vices, 4) greed, 5) lust, 6) vanity, and 7) laziness.
Those dimensions should look familiar; they’re the Seven Deadly Sins.
Although not listed as such in the Bible, Pope Gregory 1 identified these seven categories and said almost every sin can be placed in one of them.
WalletHub’s analysis looked at each “sin” using 39 relevant metrics. For example, anger and hatred metrics include violent crimes per 1,000 residents, sex offenders per capita, hate crime incidents per capita, mass shootings, etc. Excesses and vices metrics include share of obese adults, fast food establishments per capita, share of coffee drinkers, drug overdose deaths, etc. Scores are based on a 100 point scale.
When the tallies were done, Atlanta came in at No. 5, with a score of 53.12 — more sinful than Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C.
Atlanta was No. 1 in the jealousy dimension, however. Jealous metrics were thefts per 1,000 residents, identity theft complaints per capita, and fraud and other complaints per capita.
Atlanta tied with Las Vegas, Portland and Tampa for having the most adult entertainment establishments per capita. On a less sinful note, the city tied with five others as No. 1 for highest charitable donations as a percent of income.
Overall: No. 5, with a score of 53.12
Anger and hatred: 29
Excesses and vices: 114
Georgia is home to other sinful cities on WalletHub’s list.
Columbus was ranked No. 57, with an overall score of 41.54, and Augusta finished at No. 104, with an overall score of 35.69
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