The States With The Five Highest & Lowest Enlistment Rates

Highest Enlistment Rates


5. Texas

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo -- Texas has the fifth highest enlistment rate.

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo — Texas has the fifth highest enlistment rate.

Home of the Alamo, Texas is steeped in state pride. “Don’t mess with Texas” is a common phrase now for the state that prides itself for toughness, among other things. The Lone Star State ranks 5th out of 50 states for enlistments, with 0.819 military enlistees per 1,000 adult civilians.

4. Alaska

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo -- Alaska has the fourth highest enlistment rate.

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo — Alaska has the fourth highest enlistment rate.

The largest and most sparsely populated state, Alaska, comes in at number four for enlistment rates in America. With multiple military bases and installations throughout the state, Alaska has an average of 0.829 military enlistees per 1,000 adult civilians.

3. Idaho

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo -- Idaho has the third highest enlistment rate.

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo — Idaho has the third highest enlistment rate.

Idaho, the Gem State (or the potato state to some!), is third in the nation for military enlistments. While Idaho has nearly 40 percent of its land held by the United States Forest Service, as well as the Rocky Mountains to deal with, it has an average of 0.832 military enlistees per 1,000 civilian adults.

2. South Carolina

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo -- South Carolina has the second highest enlistment rate.

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo — South Carolina has the second highest enlistment rate.

On the other side of the country, South Carolina has the second highest enlistment rate in the country. From 2010 to 2015, South Carolina had an average of 0.847 military enlistees per 1,000 adult civilians.



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1. Georgia

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo -- Georgia has the highest enlistment rate in the country.

Photo: AdobeStock/rb_octo — Georgia has the highest enlistment rate in the country.

South Carolina’s neighbor to the south, the Peach State ranks first in the country for military enlistment rates. Georgia has an average of 0.921 military enlistees per 1,000 adult civilians.

Now take a look at where all 50 states are ranked according to military enlistments!

Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.
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