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Texas is the fourth most sinful state in the nation, according to a new Wallet Hub survey, which compared the 50 states based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.Wallet Hub’s Jill Gonzalez said Texas ranks number one in lust.

“We looked at Google search interests for adult entertainment, the average time spent on those types of entertainment sites,” said Gonzalez.

Texans also seem to be vain.

“A lot of consumer expenditures per household are going to personal care products or services. Also a lot of Google searches for the top five plastic surgeries,” said Gonzalez.

We’re in the top 30 for jealousy, laziness as well as anger and hatred.

“The bullying rate, both in person and cyberbullying, hate crime incidents, internet comments that are hostile, discrimination cases, elder abuse, mass shootings, so that’s what we looked at in Texas,” said Gonzalez.

Sinfulness of Texas (1=most sinful; 25=average)

1st – Lust

7th – Vanity

7th – Jealousy

19th – Anger & Hatred

27th – Laziness

Florida’s the most sinful state, followed by California and Nevada.

Gonzalez said harmful behavior on the individual level can result in staggering economic costs, like in Nevada, considering that gambling addiction costs the U.S. $5 billion per year and smoking costs dwarf that with over $300 billion per year.

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