U.S. States with the Lowest HDI

Name the 10 states of the U.S. that have the lowest Human Development Index.
For the year 2021. Source: Wikipedia.
HDI measures income, life expectancy, and education
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Last updated: April 3, 2024
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West Virginia
South Carolina
New Mexico
Level ∞
Oct 3, 2018
Before anyone gets too excited, keep in mind that Mississippi has a higher HDI than Andorra, Portugal, and Croatia.
Level 87
Oct 5, 2018
Doubt this is actually true for Andorra. Likely a data issue. Having a higher HDI than the other two countries is not that impressive to be frank.
Level 82
Dec 11, 2018
It wasn't meant to be impressive.
Level 68
Dec 11, 2018
Agreed Portugal is one of the poorer countries in Western Europe and Croatia is in Eastern Europe and, whilst its one of the more developed countries in Eastern Europe, it’s still Eastern Europe...
Level 57
Dec 19, 2020
HDI is a very doubtful source. Quality of life in Portugal is 10.000 larger than it is in Mississippi
Level 70
Dec 19, 2020
I have some problems with HDI, and I don't recommend anyone take these kinds of measurements as gospel, but Portugal is one of the poorer countries in Western Europe, and and average quality of life is high across America. I'd rather live in Portugal personally but that's because I don't mind the lifestyle.
Level 62
Dec 29, 2019
Stats or not, I'd rather live in Portugal than Mississippi tbh
Level 51
Jul 10, 2020
Definitly lol i don't think many people would say otherwise
Level 77
Oct 4, 2018
So many red states on this list.
Level 62
Oct 7, 2018
Gee willikers.
Level ∞
Dec 11, 2018
The same states that rank at the bottom of HDI today would have ranked near the bottom 100 years ago as well. Initial conditions explain the difference, not partisan political squabbles.
Level 67
Dec 11, 2018
I feel like that is an oversimplification, but I appreciate your efforts to keep this non-partisan.
Level 70
Dec 12, 2018
The causation is probably the other way round. Poorer states are more likely to vote Republican, probably because they are poorer.
Level 77
May 22, 2019
It's because of racial discrimination. Black people make a lot less than white people. These southern states have a higher percentage of black people than the other ones.
Level 65
Apr 3, 2024
that's a huge oversimplification
Level 56
Dec 2, 2020
I read somewhere recently - perhaps it was one of those "interesting facts" on this website? - that in Britain, people with Norman surnames are on average 10% richer than the rest of us. The passing of a thousand years hasn't eradicated that particular inequality. Compared to that, one century ago is the recent past.
Level 70
Nov 4, 2022
names don't mean that you're gonna be richer, that norman fact is probably just a similarity that you'd find when comparing any random statistics
Level 65
Oct 22, 2023
I think it's because a Norman family a long time ago was rich, so their descendants were as well.
Level 65
Apr 3, 2024
It's cute that you think politics have nothing to do with it
Level 82
Dec 11, 2018
No surprises here.
Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
Jeez I had to type "South Carolina" with only one second remaining. I think I must have been only a few tenths of a second away from the time running out.
Level 45
Apr 21, 2022
Oops, I spent the first 30 seconds typing countries in Africa before realizing it was about states.
Level 53
Aug 28, 2022
Main reason is because of the poverty within the large black community in the South.