Special Report

The Best Thing About Every State

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Best thing: Highest high school attainment

Montana has the highest high school graduation rate in the country among adults, at 93.9% compared to a national average of 88.3%.

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Best thing: Fewest drug overdose deaths per capita

Nebraska had the fewest annual drug overdose deaths per capita, on average, between 2015 and 2017, at 7 per 100,000 residents, compared to a national rate of 21 drug overdose deaths per 100,000.

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Best thing: Las Vegas

While some might take issue with what happens in Las Vegas, it’s hard to argue with the constant influx of talent in the form of musical acts, comedians, and special attractions such as Cirque du Soleil.

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New Hampshire
Best thing: Lowest poverty rate

At 7.6%, New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate of any state. For reference, the national poverty rate stands at 13.1%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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New Jersey
Best thing: Highest rate of of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in preschool

Preschool has been shown to be an important part of early childhood development, and New Jersey has the highest rate of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in nursery or preschool, at 62.1%, compared to a national share of 45.7%.

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