Special Report

The Best Thing About Every State

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Hawaii
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.

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Idaho
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.

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Illinois
Best thing: Quality education

Illinois is home to many of the country’s top-ranking public schools.

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Indiana
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%.

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Iowa
Best thing: Feeding the nation

Iowa leads all states in production of corn, soybeans, pork, and eggs.