Special Report

The Worst Statistic About Your State

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Alabama: 84.8

Alabama has fewer than 85 mental health providers per 100,000 people, the least of any state and well below the national average of 212.8 mental health providers per 100,000 people.

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Alaska: 7.2%

Alaska’s annual unemployment rate of 7.2% is the highest of any U.S. state and a full percentage point above New Mexico, the state with the second highest unemployment rate.

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Arizona: 800 per 100,000

For every 100,000 Hispanic residents in Arizona, 800 are incarcerated, more than seven times the national average.


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Arkansas: 24.5%

Nearly a quarter of state adults report having fair or poor health, compared to 16.0% of Americans.

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California: 6.7 million acres

Between 2008 and 2017, 6.7 million acres of land in California burned in unplanned wildfires, the second most in the contiguous United States. While statistics have not been released yet, 2018 appears to have been one of the worst wildfire seasons in state history.

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