Special Report

The Worst Statistic About Your State

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Hawaii: 18.4%

As a result of its remote location relative to the rest of the United States, the cost of living in Hawaii is 18.4% higher than the average cost of living nationwide.

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Idaho: 30.6%

Just 30.6% of Idaho’s 3 and 4 year olds are enrolled in preschool, the lowest share of any state and less than half the share in states like New Jersey and Connecticut.

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Illinois: $244 billion

Illinois has long struggled with debt levels that put it at risk of a serious financial crisis or even bankruptcy. In its most recent fiscal year with available data, the state had $244.9 billion in obligations and just $28.8 billion in assets.

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Indiana: $141,100

Indiana homes are some of the least valuable in the nation as most are worth less than $142,000. The typical home nationwide is worth $217,600. This may indicate that the state is one of the less desirable states to live.

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Iowa: +46%

Iowa is a relatively peaceful state, but it recently had a spike of 46% in homicides, the largest increase of any state. Even with the increase, however, the state’s murder rate is below average.

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