Every state has something its residents can be proud of. While for some it’s a natural resource, a landmark, or a signature attraction, for others it’s a statistic that proves the state is the healthiest, wealthiest, or best educated.
24/7 Tempo reviewed information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program, as well as tourism information sites, and several other sources to determine the best thing about every state. For each state, the entry was either a positive statistic, metric, indicator, or product that the state ranks first in, or a nationally recognized landmark or cultural institution in that state.
Many states are fortunate to be located on massive stores of natural resources like petroleum or crops. Others have ideal climates for growing important crops. And some states have set themselves up to be hubs for business or manufacturing that play a vital role in the state’s economy. This is the top selling product from every state.
The best thing about many states is a cultural institution not found elsewhere, whether geographical features like the Grand Canyon or a unique food that has become synonymous with the state. This is the strangest food from every state.