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The Worst Statistic About Your State

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Oklahoma: 3.4 years

Between 1980 and and 2014, life expectancy at birth improved by only 3.4 years in Oklahoma, the smallest improvement of any state and less than half the 7.2 year national increase.

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Oregon: 6.38%

Abuse of pain relievers is an ongoing problem in the United States, and 6.38% of Oregon’s residents 12 and up abuse them, the highest share of any state. Oregon is one of six states where more than one in 10 18-25 year olds abuse painkillers.

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Pennsylvania: 58.7 cents

Pennsylvania gas tax of 58.7 cents per gallon is the highest in the country.

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Rhode Island: 39.7%

An estimated 39.7% of public roadway in Rhode Island is in poor condition, the largest share of any state and more than triple the 11.2% share of roadway nationwide.

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South Carolina: 54.2%

Just 54.2% of South Carolina residents have access to places for physical activity like park parks and recreation centers, the smallest share of any state.

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