34th. Rhode Island
The second most populous state in the nation, Texas scores fairly average in most categories. There are, however, two areas where Texas places dead last. The Lone Star State has the lowest percentage of its twenty-five and older population with a high school diploma – one in every five fails to obtain a high school education. Also, 23.8% of its population does not have health insurance, the worst rate in the country.
37th. New Mexico
Occupied home values increased 14% from 2006 to 2009, putting the state in sixth place for this category. This anomaly, however, has little to do with the health of the state’s economy or living conditions. Ranked 47th in the category, 18% of New Mexico’s population is below the poverty line. It also has the sixth-worst violent crime rate, with 656 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
From the U.S. Department of Justice