Special Report

The Worst Thing About Every State

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Worst thing: Most outstanding debt per capita

No state has more outstanding government debt on a per capita basis than Massachusetts, at $11,1000 per person.

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Worst thing: Largest population decline

Michigan is projected to have the largest population decline of any state between 2020 and 2030 — at least 1.1%. Over the same period, the U.S. population is projected to grow by 8.7%.

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Worst thing: Freezing cold

In the land of 10,000 lakes, almost all freeze in winter. Minnesota has close to the lowest average annual temperatures in the country.

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Worst thing: Highest obesity rate

About 36.8% of adults in Mississippi are obese, meaning having a body mass index of 30 or higher. This is the highest obesity rate of U.S. states and much higher than the national rate of 29.0%.

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Worst thing: Most drug labs

Police have found more drug labs in Missouri over the last 20 years than in any other state, according to the DEA.