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Whenever legalizing gambling is discussed, it becomes a seriously contentious issue, for obvious reasons—fun and games can quickly spiral out of control into addiction. Gambling may not be legal in many states, but its addiction is a fairly sizable and expensive problem that affects over 2% of the population and had a total social cost of $7 billion in 2013, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Certain states, however, have it worse than others.
According to a recent WalletHub analysis — which compared 13 metrics that compared “gambling friendliness” with “gambling problem and treatment” — Nevada, home to Las Vegas, was in fact the worst state in the union for gambling addiction. It was the second most gambling-friendly place and ranked number 12 for gambling problems.
Here is WalletHub’s full ranking of all 50 states.
|Overall Rank |
(1 = Most Addicted)
|State||Total Score||‘Gambling-Friendliness’ Rank||‘Gambling Problem & Treatment’ Rank|