Special Report

America’s Luckiest -- and Unluckiest -- States

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15. Vermont
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $272.86 (21st lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,034.95 per 100,000 people (13th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 7.53 per 100,000 people (9th lowest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 79.3 years (15th highest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 2.6% (3rd lowest)

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14. Delaware
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $784.27 (3rd highest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 842.61 per 100,000 people (19th lowest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 13.56 per 100,000 people (17th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 77.8 years (17th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 5.9% (18th highest)

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13. Hawaii
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: N/A
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 686.43 per 100,000 people (6th lowest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 7.63 per 100,000 people (10th lowest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 81.0 years (the highest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 8.1% (the highest)

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12. California
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $241.27 (17th lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 600.40 per 100,000 people (2nd lowest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 9.13 per 100,000 people (15th lowest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 80.8 years (2nd highest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 7.9% (3rd highest)

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11. Connecticut
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $470.04 (7th highest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 860.38 per 100,000 people (22nd lowest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 6.98 per 100,000 people (7th lowest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 80.4 years (5th highest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 7.7% (6th highest)

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