Special Report

This Is the Worst Thing About Every State

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Worst thing: Highest share of adverse childhood experiences

The share of children in Oklahoma with at least one of nine adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is the highest in the country, at 28.5%. The national average is 20.5%. ACEs include divorced or separated parents, living in financially struggling families, parent or guardian dead or in jail, exposure to violence at home

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Worst thing: Highest rate of depression

At 25.2%, Oregon has the highest rate of adults with depression in the country, according to a 2019 study by QuoteWizard, an online insurance marketplace. This is an increase of almost 9.2% between 2014 and 2018.

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Worst thing: Most winter driving fatalities

Pennsylvania had 197 winter driving deaths between 2013 and 2017, more than every state except for Michigan. The state’s deadliest road in winter months is I-80.

Rhode Island
Worst thing: Highest share of bridges in poor condition

Some 22.3% of bridges in Rhode Island are structurally deficient, the highest share of any state. Of the 779 bridges in Rhode Island, 174 are in poor condition.

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South Carolina
Worst thing: Most fatal car accidents per traveled miles

Fatal car accidents occurred more frequently in South Carolina than in any other state in 2018. The state reported 1.83 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. The next closest state, Mississippi, reported 1.63 per 100 million miles driven in 2018.

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