The Best and Worst Thing About Each State

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Best: least obese

Just 20.5% of Colorado adults are considered obese. Most states have obesity rates well over 25%.

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Worst: into thin air

Colorado has an average altitude close to 7,000 feet above sea level, which means that it can be harder to breathe for those who aren’t acclimated. The “Mile High City” of Denver has an estimated 17% less oxygen.

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Best: UConn basketball teams

The women’s and men’s basketball teams at the University of Connecticut have won 15 national championships between them. In March 2018, though, the women’s team had its 36-game winning streak snapped by Notre Dame in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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Worst: most expensive electricity in lower 48

Connecticut is the only mainland U.S. state in which residents pay, on average, over 20 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity.

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Best: tax haven

More companies are incorporated in Delaware than in any other state. Over 60% of Fortune 500 companies are based in Delaware.

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Worst: blink and you’ll miss it

Delaware has no real identity — it has no major cities and is overshadowed by the sprawling metropolises of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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Best: not falling apart

According to an index of structurally deficient bridges, hazardous dams, and unserviceable roads, Florida has the safest infrastructure in the nation.

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Worst: fewest libraries per capita

It may be tough for Floridians, especially children, to become avid readers as the Sunshine State has fewer libraries per person than any other state.

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Best: birth of civil rights movement

Georgia is the birthplace of both the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Worst: bad traffic on highways, particularly Atlanta

Atlanta’s “Spaghetti Junction” was ranked worst by the American Transportation Research Institute in its listing of the Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks in the U.S.