Experiment in all 50 states tested to see if people adhered to the honor system
BETHESDA, Md. (Aug. 19, 2014) — Louisville is one of the most honest cities in the U.S., according a study by Honest Tea called The National Honesty Index.
The study, which was conducted from July 16 to Aug. 12 in 62 locations in 50 states, consisted of unmanned racks of cold beverages with an honor system asking people to pay $1 for the drinks.
In Louisville, 97 percent of people paid for the drinks, tying the city for ninth with Detroit; Clearwater, Fla.; Portland, Maine; Omaha; Indianapolis; and Santa Monica, Calif.
Overall, 95 percent of Americans chose to pay for the drink, up from 92 percent in 2012, the study found. Women were also more honest than men, with 95 percent of women paying and 93 percent of men.
Honolulu was the only city were 100 percent of people paid for the drinks. Overall, Hawaii, Alabama, Alaska and Tennessee tied for most honest states with 98 percent of people paying for the drinks.
Kentucky was the 9th most honest state, with 96 percent of people paying for the drinks.
Rhode Island was the least honest state, with 83 percent of people paying for the drinks, while only 80 percent of people in Providence paid for the drinks.