The Best and Worst Thing About Each State

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South Dakota
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.

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South Dakota
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.

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Tennessee
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.

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Tennessee
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.

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Texas
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.

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Texas
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%.

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Utah
Best: fewest smokers

Just 8.8% of Utah adults report smoking, the lowest share of any state.

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Utah
Worst: highest skin cancer rate

Utah has by far the highest rate of reported new cases of skin cancer among both men and women.

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Vermont
Best: most doctors per capita

There are 112 primary care physicians per capita in Vermont, the most of any state in the U.S.

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Vermont
Worst: opioid epidemic

In 2014, the opioid crisis became so bad in Vermont that the state declared an emergency.