(WVUE) - The United States ranks 17 out of 175 countries and territories on Transparency International's 2014 Corruption Index.
The yearly rankings were released on Wednesday.
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. At the top of the list sits the cleanest countries, while the highly corrupt sit at the bottom.
According to Transparency International, a country or territory's score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption. The scale ranges from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). This year's index includes 175 countries and territories.
The United States totals 74 points, up one point from 2013.
The cleanest countries on the list include Denmark; New Zealand; Finland; Sweden; Norway; Switzerland; Singapore; Netherlands; Luxembourg; and Canada.
Tied for the most corrupt countries are Somalia and North Korea. Sudan, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Iraq follow suit.
The United States occupies the second spot in the Americas tied with Barbados. Canada is on top while Venezuela sits at the bottom.
In the 20th edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index, scores for China (with a score of 36 out of 100), Turkey (45) and Angola (19) were among the biggest fallers with a drop of 4 or 5 points, despite average economic growth of more than 4 percent over the last four years.