The Best and Worst Thing About Every State

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New Mexico
> Best: Carlsbad Caverns

New Mexico is home to many beautiful natural parks and landmarks, but the best may be Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which consists of 119 caves.

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New Mexico
> Worst: low chance for school success

According to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2018 report, New Mexico children have just a 68% chance at success, meaning education does poorly in promoting positive outcomes over the course of an individual’s schooling.

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New York
> Best: Adirondacks

Upstate New York’s Adirondack Park, roughly 6 million acres in total, has something for everyone, including skiing and snowboarding, hiking the high peaks, and visiting the two-time Olympics host city Lake Placid.

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New York
> Worst: longest average commute

The typical New York state resident who commutes to work every day spends 34 minutes in their vehicle, or in public transit, the longest commute of any state.

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North Carolina
> Best: Outer Banks

The Outer Banks, home to America’s first colony and where the first manned flight took off, are a tourist mecca because of their beaches, state parks, and shipwreck diving sites.

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North Carolina
> Worst: highest rate of heart disease

A CDC study found North Carolina residents are roughly three times more likely to have angina or coronary heart disease compared to the U.S. average.

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North Dakota
> Best: low unemployment

North Dakota’s unemployment rate of 2.4% is one of the lowest in the U.S., and state unemployment has been below 3% since 2016.

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North Dakota
> Worst: lonely

An estimated 31.1% of North Dakota householders live alone, the highest share of any state.

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Ohio
> Best: a dollar goes a long way

Ohio has one of the lowest costs of living in the U.S.

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Ohio
> Worst: The Cleveland Browns

Sure, the Browns had their first decent season in 2018. They still have the worst cumulative record over the past decade and haven’t had a winning season since 2007.

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