2019’s Most Sinful Cities in America

Nov 26, 2018  |  Adam McCann, Financial Writer

Las Vegas isn’t the only “Sin City” in America. In other cities, bad things happen and stay there, too. From beer-loving Milwaukee to hedonistic New Orleans, the U.S. is filled with people behaving illicitly. No place is innocent. We all have demons.

But at some point, we all have to pay for our vices. Gambling addiction, for instance, leads to $100 billion in losses for U.S. consumers every year. In 2017, identity theft and fraud took a toll of $16 billion. And every year, smoking burns a $300 billion hole in Uncle Sam’s wallet.

Luckily for the saints among us, all American sins are not created, or distributed, equally. In order to identify the darkest corners of America, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 37 key indicators of evil deeds. Our data set ranges from violent crimes per capita to excessive drinking to adult entertainment establishments per capita. Read on to see the baddest of the bad cities, the full ranking, and additional insight from a panel of experts.

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Most Sinful Cities in America

Overall Rank*

City

WalletHub Vice Index

‘Anger & Hatred’ Rank

‘Jealousy’ Rank

‘Excesses & Vices’ Rank

‘Greed’ Rank

‘Lust’ Rank

‘Vanity’ Rank

‘Laziness’ Rank

1

Las Vegas, NV

61.32

16

35

33

5

12

4

3

2

Los Angeles, CA

55.04

25

59

155

103

1

1

86

3

New York, NY

52.91

34

153

159

101

3

2

20

4

Houston, TX

52.69

57

42

88

51

2

8

77

5

St. Louis, MO

52.34

1

44

1

69

29

30

44

6

Atlanta, GA

52.27

31

2

83

167

4

7

47

7

Miami, FL

51.58

94

4

151

85

17

5

4

8

Philadelphia, PA

51.23

7

53

15

40

13

26

27

9

Chicago, IL

50.98

41

57

75

84

6

6

83

10

Orlando, FL

50.58

5

5

52

164

22

9

66

11

Denver, CO

49.54

38

71

17

48

5

16

114

12

Detroit, MI

49.47

2

3

6

136

25

130

7

13

Dallas, TX

48.82

35

11

85

134

7

12

119

14

North Las Vegas, NV

48.14

115

45

34

5

74

56

1

15

Phoenix, AZ

47.93

51

46

45

123

8

17

58

16

Tampa, FL

47.44

109

32

39

93

9

14

54

17

Baltimore, MD

46.42

14

56

11

114

14

65

28

18

Portland, OR

46.30

98

52

56

18

15

24

111

19

New Orleans, LA

45.98

17

92

4

80

18

87

39

20

Cleveland, OH

45.88

23

36

40

115

31

40

15

21

Reno, NV

45.85

105

110

26

2

63

73

32

22

Cincinnati, OH

45.77

26

75

2

92

85

25

35

23

Washington, DC

45.29

4

86

66

11

11

53

160

24

Henderson, NV

45.05

128

58

105

5

69

74

9

25

Pittsburgh, PA

44.83

15

134

19

49

108

15

110

26

San Francisco, CA

44.52

63

7

163

99

19

13

165

27

Charleston, WV

44.20

13

31

16

53

67

122

33

28

San Antonio, TX

44.14

110

66

55

78

10

19

85

29

Gulfport, MS

43.94

85

108

72

1

33

150

14

30

Columbia, SC

43.85

48

33

5

53

131

50

17

31

San Diego, CA

43.82

154

122

135

86

20

3

166

32

Knoxville, TN

43.75

12

82

7

133

134

21

67

33

Jacksonville, FL

43.70

60

19

3

173

26

31

53

34

Fort Lauderdale, FL

43.58

42

1

154

160

78

33

22