Las Vegas has been named the “Most Sinful City in America” by the personal finance website WalletHub, according to new research findings released this week. The distinction comes as no surprise, as the city has long held the moniker of “Sin City” due to its 24-hour nightlife, abundance of casinos, and adult entertainment options.
The rankings, which considered 182 cities across the country, were based on a “Vice Index” consisting of five components: “anger and hatred,” “jealousy,” “excesses and vices,” “greed,” and “lust.” Las Vegas ranked first in greed, fourth in lust, 12th in jealousy, 31st in anger and hatred, and 84th in excesses and vices.
Other cities in Nevada also made the list, with North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno ranking 15th, 25th, and 27th, respectively.
Despite the notorious accolade, the Las Vegas housing market continues to thrive, with the median sale price for a single-family home reaching $449,000 in October, up over $100,000 from the previous year. However, high interest rates have resulted in a nearly 7% drop in home sales from September to October.
According to WalletHub analyst Cassandra Happe, though Las Vegas topped the rankings for the most sinful city this year, other cities are not far behind when it comes to vices. She pointed out that second-ranked Houston offers plenty of options for those looking to indulge in lustful activities, while third-ranked Philadelphia has a history of research into plastic surgery options, possibly indicating a sign of vanity.
Despite the ranking, Las Vegas has held the title of the Most Sinful City in America since 2016. Casino.org’s Scott Roeben humorously responded to the rankings by poking fun at WalletHub’s status as a “renowned research institution,” suggesting that the rankings are more about driving traffic to the website than providing meaningful insights. However, WalletHub claims that the rankings are intended to help advise those considering relocating and making positive life changes, such as improving their financial situation or giving up vices.