The Best and Worst Thing About Every State

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Oklahoma
> Best: excellent Pre-K

Oklahoma has one of the more comprehensive Pre-K programs in the country. It is one of only a few states to mandate Pre-K for all four year olds.

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Oklahoma
> Worst: smallest improvement in life expectancy

Life expectancy has improved across the country over the past few decades, but Oklahoma had the smallest improvement. Life expectancy at birth in the state increased by just 3.4% since 1980. Oklahoma’s current life expectancy is the fifth lowest of all states.

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Oregon
> Best: most environmentally friendly

According to a recent 24/7 Wall St. index, Oregon ranks as the most environmentally friendly in the country.

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Oregon
> Worst: highest rate of depression

Oregon has the highest rate of adults with depression in the country.

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Pennsylvania
> Best: cheesesteak sandwich

Debate raged about the best maker of the Philadelphia delicacy, but the sandwich is popular enough to be made all across the country.

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Pennsylvania
> Worst: high gas tax

Pennsylvania has one of the highest gas taxes in the country, at 77.1 cents per gallon.

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Rhode Island
> Best: mansions of the rich and famous

You can see vestiges of the Gilded Age at estates such as the Breakers in Newport.

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Rhode Island
> Worst: poor roads

In 24/7 Wall St.’s infrastructure index, Rhode Island rated the worst for the combined quality of its roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

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South Carolina
> Best: Charleston has the best weather

Tourists are beguiled by the antebellum charms of Charleston, which ranked as the U.S. city with the best weather.

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South Carolina
> Worst: high average monthly energy bill

South Carolinians have an average monthly energy bill of $140, one of the highest in the country and more than double that of some states.

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