The Best and Worst Thing About Every State

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Alabama
> Best: America’s best college football program

The University of Alabama has won 17 national football championships, including the 2017 title. While the Crimson Tide lost in the championship game last year, it has been in the final game in seven of the last 10 years.

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Alabama
> Worst: nobody walks anywhere

Just 1.2% of Alabamians walk to work, the lowest rate in the country, and less than half the national rate.

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Alaska
> Best: wide open spaces

There is roughly just one person per square mile in Alaska. The next lowest density state, Wyoming, has a density of about six people per square mile, while the United States has 87.4 people per square mile.

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Alaska
> Worst: high unemployment

Alaska’s August 2019 unemployment rate of 6.2% is well above the 3.7% national rate and 0.7 percentage points above the next highest state.

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Arizona
> Best: Grand Canyon

What is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep? America’s greatest natural wonder, the Grand Canyon.

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Arizona
> Worst: it is very hot

In Phoenix and Tucson, the nation’s hottest cities, normal mid-summer temperatures are at least 100 degrees.

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Arkansas
> Best: Ozark Mountains

The picturesque Ozarks owe their name to French explorers. The name is derived from the French phrase “aux arcs,” the northernmost bend in the Mississippi River.

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Arkansas
> Worst: high teen birth rate

Arkansas’ teen birth rate is close to double the national rate, and is the highest in the country.

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California
> Best: least likely to be depressed

According to a 2018 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California’s adults have been diagnosed with depression at less than a third of the national rate.

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California
> Worst: lowest high school attainment

Roughly one in six Californians have not finished high school, the highest rate in the country.

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