The Best and Worst Thing About Each State

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Best: America’s best college football program

The University of Alabama has won 17 national football championships, including the 2017 title, and is No. 1 again this year.

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Worst: nobody walks anywhere

Just 1.2% of Alabamians walk to work, the lowest rate in the country, and less than half the national rate.

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Best: wide open spaces

There are just 1.2 people per square mile in Alaska.The next lowest density state, Wyoming, has a density of 5.8 people per square mile, while the United States has 87.4 people per square mile.

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Worst: high unemployment

Alaska’s 2017 unemployment rate of 7.2% is well ahead of the 4.4% national rate and a full percentage point higher than the next highest state.

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Best: The Grand Canyon

What is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep? America’s greatest natural wonder, the Grand Canyon.

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Worst: it is very hot

In Phoenix and Tucson, the nation’s hottest cities, normal mid-summer temperatures are at least 100 degrees.

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Best: Ozark Mountains

The picturesque Ozarks owe their name to French explorers. The name is derived from the French phrase “aux arcs,” the northernmost bend in the Mississippi River.

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Worst: fewest broadband users

Just 73% of Arkansas households have access to a broadband internet connection and all the resources it can connect them to.

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Best: lowest gender pay gap

California women make 89 cents for every dollar a man makes — certainly not perfect, but a higher rate than in any other state.

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Worst: lowest high school attainment

Roughly one in six Californians have not finished high school, the highest rate in the country.