> Best: fewest roads in poor condition
Just 2.2% of Kansas roads are in poor condition, the lowest share of any state.
> Worst: perhaps the most geographically boring state
Kansas is flat and geographically homogeneous. Driving through the state can put many to sleep.
> Best: horse breeding and racing
Home to the Kentucky Derby, the state is known for breeding and raising horses. Its famous bluegrass is ideal for horse pasture because it is nutritious and palatable for the animals.
> Worst: stressed out
According to a CDC report, Kentucky’s adults are among the most likely to report experiencing stress.
> Best: Creole cuisine
For many, it is hard to beat homemade gumbo, etouffee, or jambalaya, or a sugary beignet for dessert.
> Worst: children in poverty
Living in poverty can have many negative effects, especially for those who grow up poor. Louisiana’s child poverty rate is the highest of any state.
> Best: lowest violent crime rate
Maine ranks as the safest state in the country, as there were just 126 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 residents, less than a third of the national rate.
> Worst: long cold months
Maine is known as Vacationland, and there are lots of activities to do in the summer, but the cold months are long.
> Best: highest median household Income
Maryland residents are the most affluent in the country, with a median household income of $80,776, which is more than $20,000 higher than the U.S. median.
> Worst: murder rate in Baltimore
There were 56 murders committed in Baltimore per 100,000 residents last year, the highest murder rate among cities with a population of at least 500,000.
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