Nevada is the Most Addicted Gambling State in the United States
In general, the problem gambling costs around $6 billion on a yearly basis, while the average gambling debt is between $55,000 and $90,000 per person per year.
The results of the recent study conducted by Wallethub showed Nevada is the most addicted US state when it comes to gambling.
These results are not surprising, especially when bearing in mind that the Silver State is a synonym for gambling, and its biggest city – Las Vegas is nicknamed the Gambling Capital of the World.
Epidemics of Problem Gambling
The study indicated that more than 2% of adults in the United States have a gambling disorder, and the majority of them live in Nevada.
In general, the problem gambling costs around $6 billion on a yearly basis, while the average gambling debt is somewhere between $55,000 and $90,000 per person per year.
The gathered data refer to 50 states, with 15 key metrics involved in the process, including the lottery sales, the presence of illegal gambling operations and percentage of adults suffering from the gambling disorder.
After the data was analyzed, all 50 states were ranked in accordance with the availability of gambling as well as the number of those seeking help for problem gambling.
The Final Results
Nevada won with the total score of 55.98, scoring 1 in Gambling-Friendliness and 10 when it comes to Gambling Problem and Treatment.
It was a fierce battle with South Dakota, which came second with 55.66. Montana is the third most addicted US state with the score of 51.32, while West Virginia is far behind with 47.86. With the score of 47.21, Mississippi came fifth.
Gambling-Friendliness was the main factor in the decision-making process. It included the number of casinos in a state, the number of gambling machines per capita, the availability of lottery sales, horse racing betting, iGaming and also Daily Fantasy Sports.
Surprise, surprise – Nevada has the most casinos per capita, as well as the biggest number of gambling machines. But individually, Nevada doesn’t have the highest percentage of adults suffering from gambling disorders. Minnesota does, whereas Nevada is not even in the top three.