Finally, an excuse to chant “We’re Number 40!”
Last week, Business Insider
drew upon Justice Department
statistics to create an infograph
ranking the “most corrupt” states from first to last.
, the publication determined, is the most corrupt state in the union, while South Carolina
finished last. Colorado,
meanwhile, ranked a respectably wide-eyed 40th.
The only problem, really, is with Business Insider
’s definition of “corruption,” which it bases on the percentage of criminal convictions among a state’s general population. That would make Florida
only the 20th-worst in the country.
By contrast, the New York Times
, while reporting
on the recent arrest of three suburban Miami mayors, declared the Sunshine State a "hothouse for corruption,"
noting how Florida ranked first in convictions of public officials between 2000 and 2010.