Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs, best University value, or most presidents born there, every state has to rank both #1 and dead last in at least one unsavory category. Right? That’s just how math works.
(Scroll down to see what your state either needs to keep on doing, or stop doing.)
What States Are Best At – The United States Of Awesome
What States Are Worst At – The United States Of Shame
The Northeast is bringing shame.
It’s going down in the Midwest.
The not-so-Best Coast
The South is letting us down.
Even More Specific Stats:
1. Alabama: highest rate of stroke (3.8 percent) (tied with Oklahoma)
2. Alaska: highest suicide rate (23.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2004)
3. Arizona: highest rate of alcoholism
4. Arkansas: worst average credit score (636)
5. California: most air pollution (15.2 micrograms per cubic meter)
6. Colorado: highest rate of cocaine use per capita (3.9 percent total population)
8. Delaware: highest abortion rate (27 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44)
9. Florida: highest rate of identity theft (122.3 reports per 100,000 people)
10. Georgia: sickly based on the highest rate of influenza
13. Illinois: highest rate of robbery (284.7 incidences per 100,000 people)
17. Kentucky: most cancer deaths (227 per 100,000 people) (BONUS fact: Kentucky also has the highest rate of tobacco smokers – 25.6 percent)
22. Michigan: highest unemployment rate (13.6 percent)
24. Mississippi: highest rate of obesity (35.3 percent of the total population)
BONUS facts: Mississippi ranks last in the most number of categories. These include the highest rate of child poverty (31.9 percent), the highest rate of infant mortality (10.3 percent) lowest median household income ($35,078), highest teen birth rate (71.9 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19), and the highest overall rate of STDs.
27. Nebraska: highest rate of women murdered annually
28. Nevada: highest rate of violent crime (702.2 offenses per 100,000 people). BONUS fact: Nevada also has the highest rate of foreclosure (one in 99 houses)
36. Oklahoma: highest rate of female incarceration
37. Oregon: highest rate of long-term homeless people
41. South Dakota: highest rate of forcible rape 76.5 per 100,000
48. West Virginia: highest rate of heart attack (6.5 percent of the population)
49. Wisconsin: highest rate of binge drinking (23.2 percent of the population)
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*This article was first published on Pleated-Jeans in 2011, and is a PJ Classic.