Special Report

The Best and Worst Thing About Every State

Residents of every state have at least one aspect of their home they can brag about, but also one they would probably rather forget.

Minnesota state residents may gloat about the state’s extremely healthy population, but are probably less likely to do so about the state’s freezing cold winters — although some still may. Alaskans are probably happy to live in a state with wide-open spaces, but they are likely less proud of the state’s nation-worst unemployment rate. Idahoans no doubt are proud of the natural beauty found in features like the Sawtooth Mountains, but also are probably unhappy about their state’s high risk of wildfires.

Not all states are created equal. Some are home to major metropolises rich with culture and commerce. Others are blessed with natural resources, beautiful natural monuments, parks, and waterways. Some states have healthy populations; in others, important historical events unfolded, while highly positive social or economic factors are the main attraction of others. Click here to see the best fall foliage in every state.

The other side of this coin is that some states have relatively few natural resources or attractions. In some states, the populations are struggling because of poor economic conditions or pollution. The histories of some states include events residents would prefer to be forgotten. Click here to see how your state was founded. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed many data sets and state facts to identify the best and worst features of every state.

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