Special Report

The Best and Worst Thing About Each State

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Best: High school attainment

Montana has one of the highest high school attainment rates in the country among adults.

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Worst: Dangerous roads

Montana has among the highest driving fatality rate in the country, likely in part due to long drives on dangerous, remote country roads.

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Best: officially nonpartisan legislature

Nebraska has the only unicameral — or single chamber — legislature in the country.

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Worst: lowest state pre-k spending

Among the states that offer pre-kindergarten programs, Nebraska is the only one that spends less than $2,000 per child in state funding.

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Best: lowest skin cancer rate

Even though it is hot and sunny in Nevada, its residents are less likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer than those in any other state.

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Worst: Least Literate State

According to a 24/7 Wall St. index of reading skills, educational attainment, and library prevalence, Nevada ranks as the least literate state in the U.S.

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New Hampshire
Best: healthiest senior citizens

Some 83.2% of older adults in New Hampshire reported being in either good, very good, or excellent health — a higher share than all other states.

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New Hampshire
Worst: high property taxes

New Hampshire, which once had a reputation as among the most fiscally conservative states, assesses the second-highest property taxes in the nation.

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New Jersey
Best: highest state Pre-K spending

New Jersey spends over $12,000 per child enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs. No other state spends even $10,000 per child for pre-k.

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New Jersey
Worst: Most hazardous waste sites

Although New Jersey is one of the smaller states, it has 114 hazardous waste sites, the most of any in the country.