I thought I'd pull this out from the first Hate Week.
I love reading the comments during Hate Week. People will go from good-natured ribbing to disputing each other's selective facts with selective stats of their own and then it goes down the rabbit hole of assuming one place is more racist than the other due to events that happened decades ago at a completely different institution altogether. But I digress.
So I wanted to get a comprehensive list of various data points to compare Iowa and Minnesota. While I was at it I added Wisconsin for a couple reasons. First, I figured I would be doing this for Wisconsin eventually so why not just do it now. And secondly I started to wonder...which state really is the worst state ever?
(sure, I did a little selective stat work here, but as it turns out I didn't really need to)
|Population||3.05 mil||5.3 mil||5.7 mil|
|Forbes Rnk Best States to Live||27||5||24|
|Fortune 200 Companies||0||9||4|
|Fortune 500 Companies||3||23||9|
|Median Income||$ 49,427||$ 56,954||$ 50,395|
|Deaths per 100K by Influenza & Pneumonia||13.7||9.7||13.3|
|Deaths per 100K by Heart Diseases||175.9||121.9||164.7|
|% of Children Overweight or Obese||28.3%||27.2%||28.8%|
|% of Adults Overweight or Obese||64.8%||62.5%||64.1%|
|% Adults who Smoke||20.40%||19.10%||20.90%|
|Reported Chlamydia Cases||1 : 289||1 : 347||1 : 245|
|Reported Gonorrhea Cases||1 : 1,690||1 : 2,503||1 : 1,117|
|High School Grad Rates||87.9%||88.2%||91.1%|
|Literacy Rates (2003 data)||93%||94%||93%|
|College Graduation Rates (in 4 yrs)|
|Professional Sports Teams (4 major sports)||0||4||3|
|Tallest Building in State||192 m||241 m||183 m|
There really is no room for arguments here. The debate is really between Iowa and Wisconsin for which one really is the worst state ever.
So why would you choose to live in a state that has a lesser developed business community, where you will make less money, where the poverty rate is higher, the literacy rate is lower, people are fatter, more people smoke, more people get sexually transmitted diseases and has a lower life expectancy? Why? This post should really be a recruiting tool.