The Best and Worst Thing About Each State

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Oklahoma
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.

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Oklahoma
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.

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Oregon
Best: most environmentally friendly

According to a 24/7 Wall St. index, Oregon ranks as the most environmentally friendly in the country.

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Oregon
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%.

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Pennsylvania
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.

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Pennsylvania
Worst: highest gas tax

Pennsylvania has the highest gas tax in the country, at 58.7 cents per gallon.

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Rhode Island
Best: mansions of the rich and famous

You can see vestiges of the Gilded Age at estates such as the Breakers in Newport.

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Rhode Island
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.

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South Carolina
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.

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South Carolina
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.