Best: High school attainment
Montana has one of the highest high school attainment rates in the country among adults.
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.
Best: officially nonpartisan legislature
Nebraska has the only unicameral — or single chamber — legislature in the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.