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The Worst Statistic About Your State

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Massachusetts: 50.4%

Massachusetts may be the least animal-loving state as just 50.4% of residents own at least one pet. For context, many states have well over 60% ownership, and Vermont is over 70%.

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Michigan: 1.1 million

Detroit’s population has been decimated by the declining manufacturing industry, and Census estimates show the city’s population has declined from about 1.8 million in 1950 to less than 700,000 today, about a 1.1 million people decline.

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Minnesota: -60°F

Minnesota is not for those sensitive to cold weather. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the state was in February 1996, with a temperature of -60°F.

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Mississippi: 19.8%

Nearly one out of every five Mississippi residents lives in poverty, the highest poverty rate in the country and well above the national poverty rate of 13.4%.

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Missouri: 1,825

There were 1,825 meth lab busts in Missouri in 2012, hundreds more than the state with the next highest amount of busts.

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