Louisiana is the most corrupt state in the United States. Governing Magazine, a publication that analyzes government policies, ranks the Bayou State first in the nation for public corruption convictions per capita between 2001 and 2010.

The state ranked highest with 8 and a half convictions per 100,000 persons, and 10 and a half per 10,000 government employees at local, state and federal levels. The magazine examined U.S. Justice Department data pertaining to government officials found guilty of corruption in office. In all, 384 public officials in Louisiana were convicted of corruption over the ten-year period.

Some say the high conviction rates are because of concerted efforts to weed out corrupt officials.