The Best and Worst Thing About Every State

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South Dakota
> Best: most sleep

Just 28.4% of South Dakota adults report getting insufficient sleep every night, the lowest share of any state, and well below the 34.8% of Americans who do.

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South Dakota
> Worst: smallest professional sector

Professional and scientific jobs tend to be higher paying and more stable. Just 6.3% of the state’s jobs are in professional, scientific, and management professions, the lowest of any state.

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Tennessee
> Best: city of music

Known as Music City, Nashville is home to one of the most vibrant music scenes of any city. And Elvis Presley himself called Memphis, which also has a strong music community, home.

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Tennessee
> Worst: violent crime problem

Tennessee has one of the highest violent crime rates of any state, and Memphis, the second largest city in the state, has one of the highest violent crime rates among major U.S. cities.

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Texas
> Best: energy production

Texas accounts for about 31% of the nation’s oil-refining capacity.

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Texas
> Worst: lowest health insurance coverage

Just 82.7% of Texas’ population has health insurance coverage, the lowest share of any state. The national civilian health insurance coverage rate is 91.3%.

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Utah
> Best: happiest residents

In Utah, 84.9% of adults reported experiencing enjoyment recently, the highest share of any state.

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Utah
> Worst: poor opportunities for socialization

Utah has the fewest reported places for social activity — including civic organizations, bowling centers, golf clubs, sports organizations, fitness centers, and social, political, or business organizations — per person.

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Vermont
> Best: most doctors per capita

There are 113 primary care physicians per capita in Vermont, the most of any state in the U.S.

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Vermont
> Worst: opioid epidemic

In 2014, the opioid crisis became so severe in Vermont that the state declared an emergency.

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