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Your City’s Sin Index

How evil is your hometown?

A study by Kansas State University called, “The Spatial Distribution of the Seven Deadly Sins”, measured the propensity for evil in every U.S. County. Evil was measured in those seven areas: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

The following data were cultivated:

Greed: average incomes compared to people living beneath the poverty line.

Envy: the number of thefts.

Wrath: the number of violent crimes per capita.

Lust: the number of STD’s per capita.

Gluttony: the number of fast food restaurants per capita

Sloth: expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation compared to the rate of employment.

Pride: the aggregate of all data.

The results graphically represent a “sin index”. The redder a county, the more “sinful” it is in the area measured.








Although this study is not to be taken too seriously, it does potentially represent places in need of the Gospel.

How does your county measure up?
What surprises you about this study?


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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jim Perkins #

    Is it coincidental that the county where the Kansas State University campus is located never scored poorly in this survey? Perhaps the researchers saw themselves as the standard to live by?

    March 21, 2014
    • Interesting observation!

      March 21, 2014

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