Best thing: Highest average life expectancy
The average life expectancy at birth in Hawaii is 82.3 year, higher than any other state and over three years longer than the 79.1 year national average.
Best thing: Potatoes
Idaho is famous for its potatoes. The state produces 13 billion pounds of potatoes each year, about a third of the nation’s potato production.
Best thing: Quality education
Illinois is home to many of the country’s top-ranking public schools.
Best thing: Fewest driving deaths with alcohol involvement
Indiana has the lowest share of driving deaths that involve alcohol at 19.7%. The national average is 27.8%.
Best thing: Feeding the nation
Iowa leads all states in production of corn, soybeans, pork, and eggs.