The Best Statistic About Each State

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Virginia: 8.26

From 1980 to 2014, life expectancy at birth in Virginia has improved by 8.26 years, one of the largest increases of all states, and more than a full year better than the U.S. increase of 7.22 years during the same time period.

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Washington: 25%

Washington is a major producer of hydro energy, generating about 25% of the nation’s hydroelectricity.

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West Virginia: 11.8%

Just 11.8% of West Virginia adults drink to excess, the lowest share of any state. The national excessive drinking rate among adults is 18.0%.

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Wisconsin: 103% funded

Wisconsin is one of the few states with all of its pension obligations funded. Some states are barely over 40% funded.

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Wyoming: 6.3%

Just 6.3% of Wyoming residents relied on food stamps in the past 12 months, the lowest share of all states and nearly half the U.S. share.