What is your state worst at? (neat map)

A neat map from Pleated Jeans walking you through what each state is “worst” at.

Pleated Jeans walks you through the details on their site, do check it out.

You gotta love a few of the stats.  Mississippi has the worst rates of gonorrhea (I’d actually reported on that before). Alabama is the fattest.  And Utah is the king of porn!


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  • TheSmallState

    Yeah, the figures must be outdated…Rhode Island’s unemployment figures trump Michigan. (Hence all the free time for drug use.) Although, truth be told, I’d swap the labels on RI and TN.

  • joe the nerd ferraro

    PA is not arson – it is gambling losses.

  • AttilatheBlond

    If we built a direct access bridge between Montana and Arizona, maybe Wyoming wouldn’t have so many fatal car crashes.

  • AttilatheBlond

    NM ranks low in social health policies NOW, but they’re evidently trying to fix that. Whole lotta cavity searches with extraordinary means going on, and the victims have the medical bills to prove it.

  • Harry81

    Actually, it was the United States Supreme Court that stopped the votes from being counted in FL – irrevocable damage to candidate bush….FL Supreme Court had previous ruled to continue to count all valid votes including dimpled ballots and hanging chad in accordance with state law. Same law as Texas, Georgia and about 14 other states – valid vote if the intent of the voter can be reasonably determined!

  • Badgerite

    Drinking binges! Oh noes. Now where did I put that beer.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Of course it is a condemnation. If it were just a statement of fact, there would be no “worst” in the title. But good point about other states having it worse. I’m actually surprised SC doesn’t have something worse, like most homophobia or racism.

  • lynchie

    It is a statement of fact not a condemnation of mobile homes. Could be worse you could live in North Dakota and be known for ugliest people.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I’ve seen this map before and it still pisses me off that they include “Most Mobile Homes”. It’s elitist and condescending. Mobile homes give people with less income a chance to own their own homes. Some will live in them until they replace them with other mobile homes, others will use them as a stepping stone to owning a house.

  • Romona Spainhour Smith

    sorry, Louisiana is Gonorrhea, Mississippi is obese and Alabama is stroke. Seems the map has the states are in an incorrect place

  • Rambie

    I was going to point out the same.

  • Thom Allen

    Texas has high schools?

  • TampaZeke

    It’s Nerdeliciousness!

  • TampaZeke

    And Alabama is Stroke.

  • TampaZeke

    Exactly. It’s actually a bit disconcerting that very few people seem to realize the problem.

  • TampaZeke

    John, I’m very surprised that you don’t know the difference between Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

    MS is Obesity, LA is Gonorrhea and AL is Stroke.

  • Tatts

    That’s a stupid list and graphic. The newest source for the figures they cite for Pennsylvania are 8 years old! They used one year’s figures from 8 years ago, not a cumulative average.

  • Andrew Hopt

    WA resident here. I’m pretty sure bestiality isn’t what we’re worst at; but the (arguably) most famous case of it in the US that you’ve ever heard of *did* go down in Enumclaw, WA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enumclaw_horse_sex_case

  • mirror

    I’m not giving up Checkers!

  • Monoceros Forth

    Phew, I suppose so! Especially since the guy who died probably would have been OK if he’d gone immediately to hospital but instead he delayed several hours because he was afraid he’d lose his security clearance if the truth came out.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Yeah. Is it nerds who go to the library these days? I figured it was mostly people who wanted a relatively quiet place to use their cell phones. Do libraries even have books in them any more?

  • GoBlue

    That’s Louisiana with the gonorrhea, John. Mississippi is obesity. Actually, I’d put them first in stupidity, what with all the “Christian” schools in the state which are not teaching sex ed, evolution, and climate change.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Was that a Trojan horse?

  • perljammer

    Wait a minute. Ohio is the nerdiest state because they have the highest per capita number of visits to the public library? What the hell kind of metric is that for nerdiness? Or is it nerdidity? Nerdiciousness? Nerdulosity?

  • AnitaMann

    Ugliest? Anti-social? There’s actual data on this? How do they quantify?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Ah — probably related then to our appallingly high level of poverty among the Native American population…

  • devlzadvocate

    Tied with Texas, IMHO.

  • Bomer

    Well, according to the website New Mexico got the “antisocial claim based on lowest ranking in social heath policies.”

    And here I thought I had found a home, being largely anti-social myself. Oh well, there’s still North Dakota I guess.

  • FUFatherEisenman

    Florida is actually all the above

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Darwin Rules, sugar. ;-)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    LOL I’m trying to figure out what the hell that word even means in this context.

  • devlzadvocate

    Washington . . . WTH? North Dakota ugliest? I thought that would have gone to Michigan.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Texas does everything BIG, including failure.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Thank god California is only air pollution. If it been quiche or Cabernet, I would have moved back to Vermont.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Yeah. That Enumclaw case from a few years back, that actually got put into a documentary movie (Zoo–I haven’t seen it)–that was a Boeing engineer who got himself killed by, er, presenting himself to a horse. Stupid bastard.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Nah, that’s Florida. They robbed us of a fair election.

  • larz69

    Wouldn’t Illinois be best at robbery?

  • wxone

    Looks like John needs a geography lesson.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    How is Nerdiest a bad thing?

  • Whitewitch

    Oh my gosh is that true MF….oh my…those Boeing guys are something – smart but lonely.

  • gc

    My map shows obesity for Mississippi and gonorrhea for Louisiana

  • Fireblazes

    So is NM the worst at being anti-social, or are we good at it? In either case, who asked you, and go away. lol

  • Indigo

    “Identity theft”? That was way back in the late 20th century. We don’t excel at that any more.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I’m stunned that Texas has only one listed. Texas ranks comfortably among the worst states for health care, literacy, senior care, environmental regulation, STDs, poverty… there are so many things they’re so very bad at that I’m surprised anyone could narrow it down to just one.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Sheesh, one unbalanced Boeing engineer and everyone thinks we screw horses up here.

  • Whitewitch

    I will take air pollution over – anything else on this map. Well done California!

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