Special Report

The Best Thing About Every State

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New Mexico
Best thing: Fewest hate groups

New Mexico is one of just three states — along with Wyoming and Rhode Island — to have just one active hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. With the largest population of the three, this means it has the fewest hate groups per capita of any state.

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New York
Best thing: Workers use public transportation to commute

Public transportation is a more environmentally friendly option than cars while also benefiting lower-income residents who cannot afford cars. In New York state, 28.0% of workers reported using public transportation to commute to work in 2018, the most of any state and well above the national average of 4.9%.

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North Carolina
Best thing: Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is home to America’s first colony, founded about 30 years before the Pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony. The region is also where the first manned flight took place. The Outer Banks are a tourist mecca because of their beaches, state parks, and shipwreck diving sites.

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North Dakota
Best thing: Lowest underemployment

North Dakota’s underemployment rate of 4.7% is the lowest in the U.S. The national average is 7.7%.

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Best thing: Home to most astronauts

Ohio has produced more astronauts, like Neil Armstrong and John Glenn, than any other state. More than two dozen astronauts are originally from the state, logging over 22,000 hours in space.

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