Special Report

The Best Thing About Every State

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South Dakota
Best thing: Most sleep

Just 26.1% of South Dakota adults report getting insufficient sleep every night, the lowest share of any state, and well below the 33.9% of Americans who do.

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Best thing: Music history

Country, bluegrass, blues, southern gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll, all trace their roots to Tennessee. The country music recording industry is often associated with Nashville, also known as the Music City. The Country Music Hall of Fame is located

Best thing: Energy production

Texas accounts for about 37.3% of the nation’s oil-refining capacity, more than any other state.

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Best thing: Lowest share of children living in poverty

Children are one of the most vulnerable groups to poverty, and 18% of children live below the poverty line nationwide. Utah’s child poverty rate is nearly half the national rate and the lowest in the country.

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Best thing: Lowest COVID-19 positivity rate

As of Sept. 7, Vermont had the lowest coronavirus positive test rate at 1.1%. The national average is 7.5%.

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