Louisiana’s sad-sack rule of inverses — bottom of the good lists, top of the bad ones — remains ascendent: Pelicanville has earned the distinction of being the state with the most corrupt politicians based on population and convictions of public officials.

With a population of 4.5 million and 384 convictions between 2001 and 2010 — the figures used by Governing Magazine are culled from the U.S. Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section — Louisiana averaged 8.5 convictions per 100,000 residents. That’s slightly ahead of the second-most corrupt state, North Dakota, at 8.2. The Dakotas share more than a border: South Dakota comes in at third with 7.2 convictions per 100,000 residents.

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