> 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.
> 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.
> Best: most environmentally friendly
According to a recent 24/7 Wall St. index, Oregon ranks as the most environmentally friendly in the country.
> Worst: highest rate of depression
Oregon has the highest rate of adults with depression in the country.
> 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.
> Worst: high gas tax
Pennsylvania has one of the highest gas taxes in the country, at 77.1 cents per gallon.
> Best: mansions of the rich and famous
You can see vestiges of the Gilded Age at estates such as the Breakers in Newport.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.