Special Report

The Best Thing About Every State

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Best thing: Highest average life expectancy

The average life expectancy at birth in Hawaii is 82.3 year, higher than any other state and over three years longer than the 79.1 year national average.

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Best thing: Potatoes

Idaho is famous for its potatoes. The state produces 13 billion pounds of potatoes each year, about a third of the nation’s potato production.

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Best thing: Quality education

Illinois is home to many of the country’s top-ranking public schools.

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Best thing: Fewest driving deaths with alcohol involvement

Indiana has the lowest share of driving deaths that involve alcohol at 19.7%. The national average is 27.8%.

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Best thing: Feeding the nation

Iowa leads all states in production of corn, soybeans, pork, and eggs.