The Best and Worst Thing About Every State

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Hawaii
> Best: longest life expectancy

Hawaii residents are the only ones in the country with an average life expectancy of more than 81 years.

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Hawaii
> Worst: least sleep

Experts recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night, but Hawaii is the only state where less than 60% of residents fail to meet that threshold.

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Idaho
> Best: Sawtooth Mountains

The Sawtooth Mountains provide a beautiful view for many Idaho residents, as well as an excellent opportunity for hiking. The range has 57 peaks over 10,000 feet high.

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Idaho
> Worst: most destruction due to wildfires

Over the past decade, most states had the equivalent of less than 1% of their total land damaged by wildfires. In Idaho, acreage equivalent to about 10% of the state was burned.

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Illinois
> Best: quality education

Illinois is home to many of the country’s top-ranking public schools.

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Illinois
> Worst: city of rats

Chicago was recently rated as the rat capital of the United States.

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Indiana
> Best: city that likes to go fast

The state capital of Indianapolis is arguably more connected with motor sport racing than anywhere in the country. The Indianapolis 500 race is one of the biggest single-day events in sports.

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Indiana
> Worst: something in the air

Indiana has some of the highest average concentration of fine particulate pollution of any state.

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Iowa
> Best: recession-proof

Iowa has had a remarkably stable economy over the years. While national unemployment rose above 10% after the housing crisis, Iowa unemployment topped out at 6.6%. Since January 2008, the state’s unemployment rate has been consistently one of the lowest in the U.S.

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Iowa
> Worst: bad place to bike

According to a recent report, Iowa is the least safe state for cyclists, as five of the 10 most dangerous cities to bike are in the state.

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