Best: excellent Pre-K
Oklahoma has one of the more comprehensive Pre-K programs in the country. It is one of only three states to mandate Pre-K for all four year olds.
Worst: smallest improvement in life expectancy
Life expectancy has improved across the country over the past few decades, but Oklahoma had the smallest improvement. Life expectancy at birth in the state increased by just 3.8% since 1980. Oklahoma’s current life expectancy is the fifth lowest among states.
Best: most environmentally friendly
According to a 24/7 Wall St. index, Oregon ranks as the most environmentally friendly in the country.
Worst: homelessness is a serious problem
Soaring rents have contributed to Oregon’s homelessness problem. In some counties, homelessness has risen by more than 100%.
Best: cheesesteak sandwich
Debate raged about the best maker of the Philadelphia delicacy, but the sandwich is popular enough to be made all across the country.
Worst: highest gas tax
Pennsylvania has the highest gas tax in the country, at 58.7 cents per gallon.
Best: mansions of the rich and famous
You can see vestiges of the Gilded Age at estates such as the Breakers in Newport.
Worst: falling apart
In 24/ Wall St.’s infrastructure index, Rhode Island rated the worst for the combined quality of its roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Best: Charleston one of best cities to travel
Tourists are beguiled by the antebellum charms of Charleston, annually ranked as one of the best U.S. cities according to Travel + Leisure magazine.
Worst: highest average monthly energy bill
South Carolinians pay an estimated $146 on average on their monthly energy bill, the highest in the country and more than double that of some states.