Study: Florida Is the Tenth Most Corrupt State

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Is the news here that Florida is one of the most politically corrupt states in the nation or that there are nine other states that are more corrupt than Florida? We're still not really sure.

A new study conducted by University of Hong Kong and Indiana University found that the Sunshine State is indeed the tenth shadiest when it comes to corruption.

According to Forbes, the study took into account "more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union."

Here are the results:

1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Tennessee
4. Illinois
5. Pennsylvania
6. Alabama
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. Kentucky
10. Florida

And here's a map showing where corruption lurks in America, and what states have relatively clean governments.

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The average corruption in those top ten states costs the average taxpayer about $1,308 per year.

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nychica007
nychica007

Surprise it is not in the top 5.  Since moving here 10yrs ago I've seen and heard things that left me speechless. 

casey203
casey203

I find it hard to believe that California with its train to nowhere, crazy pension entitlements that remain unresolved, and now three members of the legislature (all democrats) under arrest for corruption does not make the top tier.. Just what does it take to make the top 10.

casey203
casey203

I find it hard to believe that California with its train to nowhere, crazy pension entitlements that remain unresolved, and now three members of the legislature (all democrats) under arrest for corruption. Just what does it take to make the top 10.

Meesh Kachian
Meesh Kachian

If South Florida was a state, it would be number one

Brian Gordon
Brian Gordon

Wow guess they didn't count Jupiter. They would be higher on the list

utrik
utrik

Hey Kyle: (the author of this article)


From what I read here, your statistics don't seem convincing.

Nword sold be a dollar bottle of water at the stop light that had

already been open. And I came here in 1953.

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

Florida, the state that gave you Zimmerman and governor Dewey.

utrik
utrik

Please. I've lived in a multitude of cities with high rises. After over

65 years, i can never remember an elevator problem. We have one 

that not working and another that needs repair every other week.

Did the Survey add in White Collar and Political Corruption? 

Brian Bartlett
Brian Bartlett

With plenty of politicians caught doing stupid shit we are only #10...

Kris Rodriguez
Kris Rodriguez

10th????! Florida is on the top of that list!! This list is corrupt!!!

Georgey Sánchez
Georgey Sánchez

10th?! Really? I think the guys who made up this list are corrupt.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Is not higher as a state. Now poll most corrupt city... Betcha top 3 will be Miami, Providence RI, Waterbury CT and Washington DC.

John Rogger
John Rogger

I call bs. There's no way California didn't make that list or that new Hampshire is a least corrupt...someone is toying with numbers!

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Only 10th? Con todos estos Cubanos?!

Charlie
Charlie

5 of the top ten border the Mississippi River, including Mississippi itself at #1.  something must be in the water

Charlie
Charlie

Only the South could ever be more corrupt than my native Illinois...

FatHand
FatHand

I wonder who we bribed to only be 10th on that list.

utrik
utrik

Funny.  Redd Foxx. 

casey203
casey203

@Charlie  California makes the south look like the most honest politician in the world. The idiot democrats lost their supermajority when three of its member were literally arrested for corruption And that takes a lost in California.

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