The Most Sinful Cities

The Most Sinful Cities

The holidays are known for overindulging and overspending, which is bad news when over 23% of U.S. adults report binge drinking in the past month and the average household has over $10,000 in credit card debt. To see where these and other vices are most costly, WalletHub released its report on the 2023’s Most Sinful Cities in America, which compares more than 180 U.S. cities based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.


Most Sinful Cities


1. Las Vegas, NV
2. Houston, TX
3. Philadelphia, PA
4. Los Angeles, CA
5. Atlanta, GA
6. Denver, CO
7. Dallas, TX
8. Phoenix, AZ
9. Miami, FL
10. Cleveland, OH


Least Sinful Cities


173. Laredo, TX
174. West Valley City, UT
175. Cape Coral, FL
176. South Burlington, VT
177. Columbia, MD
178. Port St. Lucie, FL
179. Madison, WI
180. Bridgeport, CT
181. Fremont, CA
182. Pearl City, HI

Most vs. Least Sinful

  • Irvine, California, has the lowest violent crime rate, 0.75, which is 32.3 times lower than in Memphis, Tennessee, the city with the highest violent crime rate (24.21).
  • Aurora, Illinois, has the fewest thefts per 1,000 residents (2.40), which is 37.0 times fewer than in Tacoma, Washington the city with the most thefts per 1,000 residents (88.80).
  • San Francisco, California, has the lowest share of obese adults, 19.10 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Akron, Ohio, the city with the highest, at 48.50 percent.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of adult smokers, 7.90 percent, which is 3.7 times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest, at 29.10 percent.

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