How We Rate...
Where Minnesota ranks in everything from health to wealth, hotness to happiness
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There’s a reason we’re also No. 1 in boat ownership—6 percent of Minnesota is liquid, making us the state most covered in water.
Energy use: 22nd
[Wyoming uses the most per capita, Vermont the least] Never mind all our Priuses—our carbon footprint is about as big as, well, most everyone else’s. We’d rank higher if we weren’t so spread out: New Yorkers actually use the least energy per capita.
A changing climate may be making us the new tornado alley. Since 1950, we’ve suffered about 26 tornadoes a year, but in the last decade we’ve averaged 40. Last year, we were smacked with well over 100.
Real-estate flips: 2nd
Why is the FBI concerned about our high number of same-day real-estate flips? It’s an indicator of mortgage fraud—and we rank just below Florida.
Organic farming: 5th
We don’t just eat a lot of organic food, we grow a lot, too. But we only have half as many organic farms as Wisconsin (in third place), and far fewer, not surprisingly, than California.
Call us flyover country, but you’ve got a lot of flying to do to get around us. When it comes to square feet, we’re well above average.
[Utah is the most blissed out, West Virginia the least] Based on indicators of well being, we have few reasons to complain. Now wipe that smile off your face—let’s not be smug.
You want to live a long time? Stay put—or move to Hawaii, which has the longest-lived people in the country.
Smile: Minnesotans have much better odds of keeping their teeth than most Americans—not as good as Connecticut but far better than West Virginia or even 30th-ranked Wisconsin.
Binge drinking: 3rd
Maybe it’s the long, cold winters. Or maybe it’s just a Midwest thing. But whatever the reason, the four states with the most binge drinkers (in order from most to least) are Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.
No one knows why, but we have the country’s highest prevalence of autism—by far.
We’re hardly the least obese state (that’s Colorado), but it seems we aren’t paying for our sins with diabetes.
Health Insurance: 3rd
Whether or not the federal healthcare reforms take root, we’re already solidly insured.