Special Report

The Worst Thing About Every State

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Worst thing: Into thin air

Colorado has an average altitude close to 7,000 feet above sea level, which means that it can be harder to breathe for those who aren’t acclimated. Known as the “Mile High City,” Denver has an estimated 17% less oxygen in the air than at sea level.

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Worst thing: Unclean drinking water

Connecticut is one of just two states in which every single county in the state reported at least one drinking water violation in 2018, the most recent year for which data is available.

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Worst thing: Highest rate of juvenile delinquency

No state reported a higher rate of juvenile arrests than Delaware, with 48.8 arrests per 1,000 underage residents.

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Worst thing: Most tropical storms and hurricanes

Florida has been hit with more tropical storms and hurricanes since 1851 than any other state — at least 292.

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Worst thing: Lowest rate of young children getting important immunizations

Children between 19 and 35 months old in Georgia are less likely to receive immunizations to protect them against such diseases as mumps, measles, and tetanus than those in every other state. About 65.6% of young children in the state get these vaccinations.