Best thing: Lowest recidivism rate
At a 23.1% recidivism rate, people who are released from jail or prison in Virginia are less likely to be re-incarcerated than ex-convicts in every other state.
Best thing: Highest one-year GDP growth
Washington’s GDP grew by 6% in 2018, more than any other state.
Best thing: Highest homeownership rate
West Virginia has the highest share of residents who own their homes, at 72.5%, higher than the national average of 63.9%, according to the CHR.
Best thing: State-run pension system
While the average funding level for U.S. public pension plans was 72.1% in 2017, Wisconsin Retirement System reported a market fair value-based funded ratio of 102.9%.
Best thing: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone, located primarily in Wyoming, draws in millions of visitors every year and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The national park has been getting more than 4 million visitors a year five years in a row.