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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Worst: it is very hot
In Phoenix and Tucson, the nation’s hottest cities, normal mid-summer temperatures are at least 100 degrees.
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.
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.
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.
Worst: lowest high school attainment
Roughly one in six Californians have not finished high school, the highest rate in the country.