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Study creates list of ‘Most Corrupt States,’ Find out where Oklahoma ranks

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OKLAHOMA CITY – When it comes to Oklahoma, many visitors usually say residents’ kindness and southern hospitality is what sets the Sooner State apart from the rest.

However, a new study looked at the darker side of the United States of America.

A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University looked at the level of corruption across the 50 states.

Experts say corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year.

Researchers looked at more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008.

Following that formula, officials came up with the top 20 list:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Tennessee
  4. Illinois
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Alabama
  7. Alaska
  8. South Dakota
  9. Kentucky
  10. Florida
  11. Oklahoma
  12. New York
  13. Ohio
  14. North Dakota
  15. South Carolina
  16. Missouri
  17. Virginia
  18. Montana
  19. West Virginia
  20. Georgia

Oklahoma made the list at number 11 when the index was based on employment, and number 15 when it was based on population.

To find out more about the study, visit Fortune’s website.