The Best and Worst Thing About Each State

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Best: longest life expectancy

The island lifestyle may have unknown benefits, as Hawaii residents are the only ones in the country with an average life expectancy of 81 years.

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Worst: Least sleep

Experts recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night, but 44.7% of Hawaiians fail to meet that threshold.

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Best: Potatoes

Idaho’s soil is ideal for growing potatoes, and the state famously produces more of the crop than any other state.

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Worst: most destruction due to wildfires

Between 2008 and 2017, most states had less than 1% of their land damaged by wildfires. In Idaho, 10.6% of the land was burned — accounting for nearly 5.6 million acres.

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Best: quality education

Illinois is home to many of the country’s top-ranking public schools.

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Worst: city of rats

Chicago was rated as the rat capital of the world in 2017, with more than 50,000 complaints about rats filed.

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Best: a city that likes to go fast

The state capital of Indianapolis is arguably more connected with motor sport racing than anywhere in the country. The Indianapolis 500 race is considered one of the biggest single-day events in sports.

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Worst: a less than comfortable retirement

Indiana is one of only two states with an average retirement income of less than $20,000.

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Best: recession-proof

Iowa has had a remarkably stable economy over the years. While national unemployment rose above 10% after the housing crisis, Iowa unemployment topped out at 6.6%. Since January 2008, the state’s unemployment has averaged at 4.6%, one of the lowest of any state.

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Worst: a bad place to bike

According to a recent report, Iowa is the least safe state to bike, as five of the 10 most dangerous cities to bike are in the state.