Best: most sleep
Just 28.8% of South Dakota adults report getting insufficient sleep every night, the lowest share of any state, and well below the 36.5% of Americans who do.
Worst: poorly paid teachers
The average salary for a public school teacher in the state is just $42,025 per year, the lowest of any state.
Best: a city of music
Known as Music City, Nashville is home to one of the most vibrant music scenes of any city. And Elvis Presley himself called Memphis, which also has a strong music community, home.
Worst: a violent crime problem
Tennessee has one of the highest violent crime rates of any state, and Memphis, the second largest city in the state, has the third highest violent crime rate in the country.
Best: energy production
Oil produced in Texas accounts for about 30% of the nation’s oil-refining capacity. A recent surge in oil prices is serving as a tailwind for the Texas economy.
Worst: lowest health insurance coverage
Just 82.7% of Texas’ population has health insurance coverage, the lowest share of any state. The national civilian health insurance coverage rate is 91.3%.
Best: fewest smokers
Just 8.8% of Utah adults report smoking, the lowest share of any state.
Worst: highest skin cancer rate
Utah has by far the highest rate of reported new cases of skin cancer among both men and women.
Best: most doctors per capita
There are 112 primary care physicians per capita in Vermont, the most of any state in the U.S.
Worst: opioid epidemic
In 2014, the opioid crisis became so bad in Vermont that the state declared an emergency.