Special Report

The Best and Worst Thing About Each State

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New Mexico
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.

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New Mexico
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.

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New York
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.

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New York
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.

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North Carolina
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.

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North Carolina
Worst: evictions all too common

North Carolina has one of the highest rates of evictions in the country.

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North Dakota
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%.

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North Dakota
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.

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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.

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Worst: worst air pollution

Ohio has the highest average concentration of fine particulate pollution of any state.