Special Report

The Worst Thing About Every State

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Worst thing: Lowest concentration of mental health professionals

Alabama has the lowest concentration of mental health professionals of any state at 91 for every 100,000 people. Massachusetts, the state with the greatest concentration, has over six times as many mental health care providers per 100,000 people, according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

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Worst thing: Highest violent crime rate

Alaska’s violent crime rate of 885 violent crimes per 100,000 people is higher than that of every other state and nearly double the national rate of 369 violent crimes per 100,000, according to the FBI.

Worst thing: Highest COVID-19 positivity rate

As of Sept. 7, Arizona had the highest COVID-19 positivity rate at 16.3% of tests. This rate is more than double the national rate of 7.5%.

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Worst thing: Highest teen birth rate

Arkansas’ teen birth rate is 37.8 per 1,000 girls ages 15-19, the highest of any state and significantly higher than the national average of 22.7 per 1,000.

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Worst thing: Lowest high school diploma attainment rate

The share of adults in California with a high school diploma is the lowest of any U.S. state. About 83.8% of adults have a high school diploma, well below the national high school attainment rate of 88.3%.