I have often wondered why we are so dang patriotic in Wyoming. We practically bleed red, white and blue. I think I have found a statistic that may explain a little bit about why this is. It's a ranking that shows Wyoming has a higher percentage of residents who were born in America than just about any other state.

First, a disclaimer. I am NOT anti-immigrant. Truth is almost all of our families came here from Europe at some point in the past. In my opinion, legal immigration is a very good thing.

This just in: people can't control where they are born and it's unfair to hold their origin against them.

With that being said, there was an interesting study that Business Insider shared a couple years ago. It shows the percentage of residents in each state that were born outside of the U.S.

Business Insider
Business Insider

Even though no one will mistake me for a math genius, you can do the reverse math and compute that this map means a whopping 96.5% of Wyomingites were born in America. Only Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Maine and West Virginia have a higher percentage of American-born citizens.

While this ranking isn't brand new, it is based on relatively new census data and Business Insider has been around the block a time or two.

We recently shared the news that Wyoming has again been ranked one of the most patriotic states in America. Pride in where you were born probably has a lot to do with that in my opinion.

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