Best: lowest average monthly energy bill
Power bills can be frustrating, but typically less so for New Mexico residents. The average state resident paid just $75.96 per month for energy in 2016.
Worst: worst chance for school success
According to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2018 report, New Mexico children have just a 67% chance at success, meaning education does poorly in promoting positive outcomes over the course of an individual’s schooling.
Best: highest paid public school teachers
New York public school teachers earn a U.S.-best median of $79,152, nearly $2,000 higher than the next state.
Worst: longest average commute
The typical New York resident who commutes to work every day spends 34 minutes in their vehicles, or in public transit, the longest commute of any state.
Best: The Outer Banks
The Outer Banks, home to America’s first colony and where the first manned flight took off, are a tourist mecca because of their beaches, state parks, and shipwreck diving sites.
Worst: evictions all too common
North Carolina has one of the highest rates of evictions in the country.
Best: oil boom
North Dakota’s economy has been through a boom period, thanks in part due to the development of the Bakken shale oil formation. Between 2011 and 2016, state GDP rose by roughly 25%.
Worst: recent GDP decline
While GDP is up over five years, stalled oil prices have resulted in a recent decline in North Dakota’s economy. In the last year, state GDP has declined by almost 5%, the largest GDP decline.
Best: lowest projected Alzheimer’s increase
The number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to increase by just 13.5% between 2018 and 2025, the smallest increase of any state.
Worst: worst air pollution
Ohio has the highest average concentration of fine particulate pollution of any state.