Special Report

The Best Statistic About Your State

Michael B. Sauter, Samuel Stebbins

Each of the 50 states is a product of its own unique history, laws, culture, and geography. Indeed, no two states are exactly alike, and many of the attributes that make each state unique are a point of pride. 

Across hundreds of measures related to governance, safety, personal finance, state finance, industrial output, environmental sustainability, climate, and more — every state has at least one area in which it performs worse than most states. At the same time, every state also has at least one area in which it excels. 

24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of data sets and state facts to identify the best statistics about every state. In compiling this list, we prioritized a diversity of measures. Data came from sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the FBI

In many cases, a state’s best statistic is largely a product of governmental priorities. These statistics include measures like a well-funded public pension system and substantial investment in education. While not necessarily praise of current state government leadership, measures such as these can be indicative of good state management — past or present. Here is a look at the best- and worst-run states.

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