Special Report

The Worst Statistic About Your State

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New Mexico: 3,942 per 100,000

There were 3,942 property crimes — which include burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft — for every 100,000 people in New Mexico in 2017, the highest property crime rate of any state. The national property crime rate is 2,392 per 100,000 people.

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New York: 5.7 times

The income of the top 20% of earners in New York is at least 5.7 times higher than the income of those in the bottom 20%, the worst income inequality of any state.

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North Carolina: $223 million

North Carolina has over 300 miles of coastline and is especially susceptible to damage from sea-level rise. By some estimates, rising sea levels could cost $223 million per year by 2080 in southern North Carolina alone.

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North Dakota: 48.1%

In North Dakota, 48.1% of driving deaths involve alcohol, the largest share of any state. Nationwide, just 30% of driving deaths are related to alcohol.

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Ohio: 11.3 ug/m3

Air pollution is a problem in Ohio. The average daily concentration of PM2.5, harmful inhalable particulate matter, is 11.3 micrograms per cubic meter, the highest concentration of any state.

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