Best: home of the most U.S. presidents
Virginia is the birthplace of eight presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson — more than other state.
Worst: bad state for sports fans
Virginia is the 11th most populous state, but does not have a single team in the NHL, NBA, MLB, or NFL.
Best: highest one-year GDP growth
Washington’s GDP grew by nearly 4% in 2016, higher growth than in any other state.
Worst: rain, rain, rain
Seattle doesn’t quite as much total rainfall as its reputation suggests compared with many other American cities, but it rains often — 152 days a year.
Best: Fewest excessive drinkers
While some parts of West Virginia face addiction problems, that does not extend to alcohol. According to the latest CDC figures, less than 12% of state adults drink to excess, which is the lowest share among states.
Worst: most smokers
Almost one in four West Virginian adults smoke, the highest share in the country.
If you had any doubt that Wisconsin is the center of the cheese universe, this next fact should put it to rest. In August 2018, a cheese board with 4,437 pounds of fromage graced a Madison, Wisconsin, street to set a Guinness World Record.
Worst: most excessive drinkers
Over one in four Wisconsin adults drink to excess, which is the highest share of any state.
Almost all of Yellowstone National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country, can be found in the northwest corner of Wyoming.
Worst: unequal representation
Just 11.1% of state senate and legislature seats are occupied by women, the smallest share of any state.