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The Worst Statistic About Your State

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Kansas: 4.6%

The rate of larceny and theft in America became less common in the last year, but not in Kansas. The state had a U.S.-high increase of 4.6 percentage points in its larceny and theft rate.

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Kentucky: 76.56 per 100,000

Preventable hospitalizations are a sign of poor health habits and a suboptimal medical system. Kentucky has an estimated 76.56 preventable hospitalizations per 100,000 Medicare enrollees, the highest of any state.

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Louisiana: 12.42 per 100,000 people

Louisiana has among the highest rates of several violent and nonviolent crimes. Specifically, there were 12.4 homicides in the state in 2017 per 100,000 residents. This nation-worst murder rate is partially driven by New Orleans’ homicide rate of 39.5 per 100,000.

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Maine: 43.5 years

Maine is aging and losing its young workers and consumers. The median age in Maine is 43.5 years, the oldest in the nation and well above the U.S. median age of 37.9.

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Maryland: 48.7%

Largely due to Washington D.C.’s infamous gridlock, 48.7% of Maryland commuters drive to work by themselves for more than 30 minutes each day — by far the highest of any state.

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