Special Report

The Best and Worst Thing About Each State

Residents of every state have at least one aspect of their home they can brag about, but also one they would probably rather forget.

New York state residents may gloat about the fact that the state has the highest-paid public school teachers, but probably wouldn’t want to broadcast that state workers have the longest average commutes. Alaskans are probably happy to live in a state with wide-open spaces, but they are likely less proud of the state’s nation-worst unemployment rate. Idahoans no doubt are proud of their potato production, but also are probably unhappy about their state’s high risk of wildfires.

Not all states are created equal. Some are home to major metropolises rich with culture and commerce. Others are blessed with natural resources, beautiful natural monuments, parks, and waterways. Some states have healthy populations; in others, important historical events unfolded, while highly positive social or economic factors are the main attraction of others.

The other side of this coin is that some states are devoid of resources or culture. In some states, the populations are struggling due to poor economic conditions or pollution. The histories of some states include events residents would prefer to be forgotten. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed many data sets and state facts to identify the best and worst features of every state.

Click here to see the best and worst thing about each state.

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Michigan borders two of the Great Lakes. In fact, it borders four.

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