County Sin Rankings won’t tell you if you live in Sin City but it will pin-point the big seven by county and let you compare to see if your turf is higher — or would that be lower? — than the one up the highway.
Pride, greed, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony and sloth in this case are redefined as High school dropout rate; income inequality; unemployment’ violent crime; Chlamydia rate; adult obesity; poor or fair health.
I’m proud to say that my home county does pretty well – low violence, not much Chlamydia (what a thing to be proud of!), absolutely no high-school dropouts. But thank God they didn’t include booze in their calculations:
Wisconsin has some of the lowest alcohol prices in the U.S. (the beer tax hasn’t been raised since 1969), and 17,500 bars, taverns and stores licensed to sell alcohol. The state also has the highest rates of binge drinking and alcoholism in the country. The alcohol industry employs more than 200,000 people in the state, but 320 Wisconsin residents died in drunk-driving crashes [in 2007].
Not coincidentally, there aren’t many Baptists up this way.