Special Report

The Best Thing About Every State

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Best thing: 7,565 jobs created by foreign investment

In the latest Global Location Trends report by IBM-Plant Location International, Alabama ranked first in the country in job creation from direct foreign investment in 2018.

Best thing: $1,606 per resident

The oil-rich state distributes a dividend to the bulk of its 737,000 residents. The dividend typically ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. In 2019, each resident received $1,606.

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Best thing: Grand Canyon

What is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep? America’s greatest natural wonder, the Grand Canyon.

Best thing: 49% of US rice production

Arkansas is by far the largest rice producer in the country, with state farmers producing over 9 billion pounds per year. The state accounts for nearly half of the country’s total rice production.

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Best thing: $3.1 trillion economy

California has by far the largest economy of any U.S. state, accounting for more than one-seventh of the U.S. economy overall. The state had a GDP of more than $3.1 trillion in 2019. No other state had a GDP of even $2 trillion.