The Best and Worst Thing About Every State

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Montana
> Best: high school attainment

Montana has the highest high school attainment rate in the country among adults.

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Montana
> Worst: dangerous roads

Montana has one of the highest driving fatality rates in the country, likely in part due to long drives on dangerous, remote country roads.

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Nebraska
> Best: officially nonpartisan legislature

Nebraska has the only officially nonpartisan unicameral, or single chamber, legislature in the country.

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Nebraska
> Worst: tornadoes

Nebraska has one of the highest rates of tornadoes in the U.S., averaging roughly 40 per year. There were 110 recorded tornadoes in 2004.

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Nevada
> Best: Las Vegas shows

While some might take issue with what happens in Las Vegas, it is hard to argue with the constant influx of talent in the form of musical acts, comedians, and special attractions such as Cirque du Soleil.

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Nevada
> Worst: highest divorce rate

It may not surprise those who know of Las Vegas’ reputation to learn that Nevada has the highest share of divorced men and women of any state. Some 15% of women and 12.8% of men 15 and over in the state are divorced.

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New Hampshire
> Best: lowest poverty rate

Just 7.7% of New Hampshire’s population lives below the poverty line, compared with the national poverty rate of 13.4%.

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New Hampshire
> Worst: poor seat belt use

A recent CDC study found that 14% of New Hampshire residents fail to regularly wear a seat belt, well above the 6% of U.S. adults who say the same.

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New Jersey
> Best: highest state Pre-K spending

New Jersey spends over $12,000 per child enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs. No other state spends even $10,000 per child for Pre-K.

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New Jersey
> Worst: most hazardous waste sites

Although New Jersey is one of the smaller states, it has 114 hazardous waste sites, more than any other state in the country.

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