One Bad Thing About Every State in America

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Alabama: Rural Alabama is home to the worst poverty in America.

Alaska: Alaska's Unemployment rate (prior to the pandemic) was the highest of any state in the country. It's 7.2%, almost double the national average.

Arizona: Arizona has a high pupil-to-teacher ratio, a low public school spending and high teacher turnover rates.

Arkansas: Arkansas had the lowest percent graduate degree of any state in 2018.

California: A 2018 study done by U.S. News ranked California last on the metric of quality of life. When ranking California, they included metric like air quality, voter participation, social support, drinking water quality, and more.

Colorado: The high elevation in Colorado means people who are sensitive to the elevation of thin air can experience nausea, dizziness, fatigue while in Colorado.

Connecticut: Connecticut has THE most expensive electricity in the lower 48.

Delaware: A 2018 Wallethub report showed that Delaware ranked Delaware the least fun state (taking into account metrics like cost of wine and beer, number of attractions, access to national parks and more.)

Florida: Florida has THE LEAST libraries per capita than any other state in the nation

Georgia: The Traffic in Georgia (especially big cities like Atlanta) is one of the worst in the country.

Hawaii: About 45% of Hawaiians fail to meet the recommendation of at least seven hours of sleep a night for an adult.

Idaho: From 2008-2017, most states had less than 1% of there land destroyed or damaged by wildfires. Idaho had 5,600,000 acres burned by wildfires, or about 11%!

Illinois: Chicago was rated the rat capital of the world 3 years ago (2017) with over 50,000 rat complaints filed.

Indiana: Indiana is one of the TWO states in America which has an average $20,000 or less retirement income.

Iowa: Iowa is THE least safe state to bike in. 50% of the 10 most dangerous cities to bike in are in Iowa.

Kansas: A survey made by Business Insider and SurveyMonkey showed that Kansas's scenery was the ugliest of all 50 states.

Kentucky: In 2015 alone, there were more than 500 cancer diagnosis's, and almost 200 deaths caused by cancer. Both are the highest rate in the nation.

Louisiana: On average, for every 80 cents a women makes in Louisiana, a man will make $1. That's the largest gender pay gap in the country.

Maine: Maine is the least racially diverse state in America, where about 95% of the population is white.

Maryland: In 2019, there were 50 murders in Baltimore for every 100,000 residents. That's the highest murder rate among cities with a population of over 100,000.

Massachusetts: In Massachusetts, you can forgets about "happy hour", because in the Bay State, you can only but 1 alcoholic drink at a time, and some liquor stores only accept Massachusetts licenses, not out of state ones.

Michigan: In 2015, Michigan got an "F" for state integrity (the grade was decided by The Center for Public Integrity)

Minnesota: Minnesota has the LOWEST average winter temperature in the lower 48, and even has a weather index called "Winter Misery Index."

Mississippi: Almost 20% of Mississippians have an income that is below or at the poverty line.

Missouri: Missouri has had more than 40 violent tornadoes in the last 70 years, and is ranked number 6 by weather.com for tornado violence.

Montana: 24/7 Wall street released a study which ranked Montana dead last for safe driving. Montana has about 27 road deaths per 100,000 Montanans. This is even scarier when you consider, only a little over a million people live in Montana. And while the national rate of seat belt usage is 87% nation wide, Montana's is 74%, even though Montana law requires seat belts.

Nebraska: Nebraska's Pre-K programs are the only ones in the country that spend less than $2,000 per child in state funding.

Nevada: 24/7 Wall Street ranked Nevada the least literary state in America.

New Hampshire: According to US News, New Hampshirite students have the most debt after graduating from college. It's also the least affordable state for tuition fees.

New Jersey: New Jersey has the most hazardous waste sites in the country, with over 110!

New Mexico: According to a Wallethub study done in 2018, New mexico is the worst state to raise a family in, taking into account factors such as Health and Safety, Family Fun and Education and Child Care.

New York: New York's homeless population is every growing, increasing by 4% in 2017! Not only that, New York City alone, has the highest homeless population of any city in America (due to it's large population).

North Carolina: North Carolina's eviction rate is one of the highest in the country.

North Dakota: In the last few years, North Dakota's GDP has declined by 5%!

Ohio: A 2015 study by The Natural Resources Defense Council ranked Ohio the worst state to live in if you have allergies or asthma. A 2018 study by The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked 5 of the worst cities to live in, in the Midwest. 4 of them were Ohio cities!

Oklahoma: In the least few decades, life expectancy has improved in almost every state. Oklahoma's increased by just 3.8% since 1980!

Oregon: In some Oregon counties, the homelessness rate has risen by more than 100%!

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania's gas tax is the highest in the country, 58.7 cents a gallon!

Rhode Island: Us News ranks Rhode Island the worst state for transportation. It's also ranked the worst for road and bridge quality.

South Carolina: On average, South Carolinans pay around $146 on energy bills. That's the highest in the country. Some states don't even have half that.

South Dakota: Public School Teachers make the least in South Dakota than any other state. Just $42,025 per year!

Tennessee: Tennessee has the least dentists per capita, and (according to Wallethub) is one of the worst states for overall dental health.

Texas: Only 82.7% of Texans have health insurance coverage, the lowest of any state. The national average is 91.3%.

Utah: Utah has the highest Skin Cancer rate of any state. 42.3 for every 100,000 citizens.

Vermont: In 2014, the state of Vermont declared a state of emergency because of the opioid crisis.

Virginia: The number of hate groups in Virginia is high. For every 1,000,000 citizens there are almost 5 hate groups. That's about 40 hate groups.

Washington: From 2015 to 2016, car theft is Washington rose by 20% (according to the FBI).

West Virginia: West Virginia has the highest rate of smokers in the country. Almost 1 in 4 adults smoke in West Virginians!

Wisconsin: More than 1 in 4 adults drink to excess. That's the most of any state.

Wyoming: Only 72.8% of infants are vaccinated for DTaP (according to 24/7 Wall Street).

But even though there's something ugly about each state, there are many more pro's than con's. And if you saw something in here that shocked you, don't let that keep you out of that state. I'm a North Carolinian. And I was shocked to find out that we had the highest eviction rate in the country. But I won't let that change my mind. Especially in the times of this Global Pandemic, we need to come together. This blog post is simply meant for the enjoyment of its readers.

*Sources: Insider, USA Today.*

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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
Very Cool! (Just a suggestion) I think you should do the same thing, but for the countries of the world (or if you're really up for a challenge, all major cities of the world).
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
Really? I was going to do the opposite of this quiz. The best thing about every state. I'll think about it though. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2020
This is a quiz?
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
sorry, not quiz
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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
@JackQuizzer I think both ideas will be nice blogs to read.
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
I'll get on. I'll try to have the country one out by February.
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2020

Well, some aren't so bad. Case in point in...

Colorado: Those who aren't sensitive are fine.

Florida: For those who hate reading.

Hawaii: Reason? Fun and parties make you stay up late.

Maine: That's not a bad quality, really. Don't get me wrong, I'm not racist. It's just that it's not really a bad quality.

Massachusetts: Well, at lest there's less drunks.

Minnesota: If you like the cold...

New York: It's bad, but unfair in this sense. New York City would obviously have lots of homeless people. It's the biggest city in the country, after all! % homeless is a better measure.

Ohio: And if you don't have allergies or asthma?

Oklahoma: Still an improvement.

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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
Touche
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2020
And in NJ, they's still living it Rock n' Roll! Doo da da dah doo da da dah
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
eye roll XD
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Level 51
Nov 19, 2020
NJ is the worst!
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
As a proud fan of the University of North Carolina, i'm going to have to agree. But Generally speaking, I've got nothing against NJ (except that they elected Chris Christie).
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2020
NJ is actually really good if you look past the dense urban centers, crime, pollution, government...um...they's still living it Rock n' Roll, at least.
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Level 51
Nov 19, 2020
Except way too boring, and dense. Bad place to live in a pandemic.
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Level 55
Nov 20, 2020
Yeah, it is definitely boring lol, but still it has good education/high employment rate/high minimum wage/gas stations where someone else pumps your gas, etc
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Level 74
Nov 19, 2020
Colorado's air is fine as long as you don't go too high too fast. Unless you go from sea level straight to a hike up a mountain you won't have any problems. And acclimatization is always possible, sometimes it just takes a day or so and then there's no problem (again, unless you go up to 14,000+ feet). I'd say a worse thing about the state is that it smells like weed everywhere haha.
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Level 56
Nov 19, 2020
Oh yeah! I knew what Oregon’s was gonna be XD. Well either homelessness or suicide rates. Gotta love all the tents on the side of the roads here
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
Interesting! It'd be cool to see this for big countries which are stereotype-breaking :)
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
XD
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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
Nice!
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Level 65
Nov 19, 2020
Is it just me or is it funny that CONNECTicut has the most expensive electricity.
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Level 65
Feb 9, 2023
It's only you.
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Level 54
Feb 24, 2021
Great Blog!