Time for another map, which means it's also time to point the finger at another U.S. state and laugh, or take a long look in the mirror before putting your house on the market. This "what your state is worst at" map was put together by redditor bigafricanhat who claims to have made it using a variety of sources, but admitted to taking subjective liberties in cases where certain states ranked butt-last in more than one category (cough, Mississippi).
As is usually the case, some of the information isn't surprising at all, like Hawaii having the highest tax burden or Vegas having the highest divorce rate, but some of the findings are kind of mind-boggling. Like Virginia taking the gold for most hate crimes against the disabled. Does that stat include cuts to disability spending? Or is it the result of some statistical anomaly involving a psycho tweaker who went on a rampage at an SSI building? Either way, not something you want in your brochure.
West Virginia has the highest rate of depression, which makes you think they're probably also worst for cell reception, which would bum anyone out. In a shocker, Alaska managed to beat out Florida for highest firearm death rate, which makes you wonder where Florida placed on the list of states with the worst aim. Somehow Louisiana has the highest murder rate overall, which could mean they're simply running low on bullets.
No surprise that California is the worst state for business. Though it is surprising to see Minnesota as the worst for small business. Way to look out for the little guy, eh?
Gotta love Colorado. Making the list for highest cocaine use isn't even bad compared to all the other possibilities. Although that probably also means they're first when it comes to crap music and yammering endlessly about their dreams.
So have fun taunting your relatives and neighbors. But before anyone takes this seriously, remember, the map was put together by a redditor and analyzed by someone at Happy Place. It doesn't have the rock-solid science of, say, a map of what people think of your state based on Google autocomplete.
(by Jonathan Corbett)