What’s the Most Sober City in America?

What’s the Most Sober City in America?

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Talking about sobriety apps and social sobriety seems almost redundant at this point! Lighthouse has already reported on a variety of ways people in recovery are using social media to help stay sober – what’s next?

Well, the fine folks over at Recovery.org figured it out! They recently put together a great article on the most popular recovery hashtags, the most sober cities, and the most sober states in America!

They also recorded the least sober cities and states. They took all this information from Instagram…so it may not be the most scientific. Still, it’s a pretty good cross-section of what recovery looks like online in 2015.

Find a breakdown of the most sober cities below, as well as some images courtesy of Recovery.org!

The Most Sober Cities

Before we list the actual cities, a quick note on how this list was calculated – it’s based on the number of times hashtags like #recovery and #sobriety were mentioned in a specific city.

Does Delray Beach top the list? Well, unfortunately not…but we are in the top 10!

  • 1) Costa Mesa, California
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  • 2) Los Angeles, California
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  • 3) San Jose, California
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  • 4) New York City
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  • 5) Murray, Utah
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  • 6) Pasadena, California
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  • 7) Heath, Ohio
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  • 8) San Diego, California
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  • 9) Delray Beach, Florida (hey, that’s us!)
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  • 10) Albertville, Alabama
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  • 11) Midvale, Oklahoma
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  • 12) Santa Clarita, California
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  • 13) San Francisco, California
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  • 14) Malibu, California
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  • 15) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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  • 16) Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • 17) Austin, Texas
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  • 18) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • 19) Simi Valley, California
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  • 20) Santa Monica, California

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The Most Sober & Least Sober States

Now that we know the most sober cities, it should be easy to guess the most sober states…right? Wrong!

Well, sort of wrong. Check out the list below to see what we’re talking about.

  • 1) Utah
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  • 2) California
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  • 3) Florida
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  • 4) Oklahoma
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  • 5) Nevada
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  • 6) Alabama
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  • 7) New York
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  • 8) Connecticut
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  • 9) Arizona
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  • 10) Ohio

Based on the list of the most sober cities, we assumed California would be first, Utah would be second…and so on. Turns out that isn’t the case.

While the sober cities list only measures the popularity of sobriety using #sobriety and #recovery, this list uses a ton of hashtags, including ones like #soberlife, #alcoholicsanonymous, and #wedorecover.

Once you add all those in, Utah becomes the clear winner. In fact, the popularity of recovery hashtags in Utah is over twice as much as California! And don’t even get us started on little old Florida.

Okay, now we know the most sober states…what about the least sober? Well, they are:

  • 41) Wyoming
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  • 42) West Virginia
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  • 43) Arkansas
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  • 44) Wisconsin
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  • 45) Montana
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  • 46) Iowa
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  • 47) Kentucky
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  • 48) North Dakota
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  • 49) South Dakota
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  • 50) Mississippi
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It’s interesting that states like Kentucky and West Virginia – located in Appalachia and among the hardest hit by heroin and painkiller abuse – rank so far towards the bottom of #sober states.

You’d think those states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic would also have a thriving recovery community, right? Maybe a small recovery community, but still some.

Turns out that isn’t the case. What we can take away from that fact is the idea that recovery should be everywhere and anything we – men and women in long-term recovery from substance abuse – can do to make that happen is well worth the effort!

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