Special Report

The Best Thing About Every State

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Best thing: Highest bachelor’s attainment rate

Home to some of the nation’s top colleges and universities, Massachusetts has the most highly educated adult population in the country. Of residents 25 or older, 44.5% have at least a bachelor’s degree, and 20.1% have a graduate or professional degree.

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Best thing: Borders 4 Great Lakes

The Great Lakes State borders four of the five Great Lakes — Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior — more than any other state.

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Best thing: Lowest age-adjusted mortality rate

Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the country. The state’s premature age-adjusted annual mortality rate — the rate at which residents under 75 die every year — is 265.6 deaths per 100,000 residents — the lowest in the country. The national average is 340.4 deaths per 100,000 residents.

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Best thing: Telehealth leader

Mississippi is one of just seven states to earn an ‘A’ rating from the American Telehealth Association. Not having to physically go to a doctor’s office saves patients time and money and reduces hospitalizations.

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Best thing: No drinking water violations

Missouri is the only state in which no counties violated the EPA’s safe drinking water regulations, according to the 2020 County Health Rankings. In most states, over 40% of counties reported at least one EPA violation citation.