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U.S. State Superlatives #4

For each category, name the U.S. state that ranks either #1 or #2.
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First submittedApril 5, 2017
Last updatedAugust 23, 2017
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Category
States
Least precipitation
Nevada, Utah
Lowest life expectancy
Mississippi, Alabama
Lowest % of Trump voters
Vermont, Hawaii
Lowest high point
Florida, Delaware
Shortest name
Iowa, Ohio, Utah
Least CO2 emissions
per capita
New York, California
Lowest value of crops
Alaska, Rhode Island
Lowest % with 4-year
college degree
West Virginia, Mississippi
Lowest % forested land
Nevada, North Dakota
Lowest smoking rate
Utah, California
Lowest murder rate
New Hampshire, Vermont
Category
States
Lowest % gun ownership
Hawaii, New Jersey
Lowest median home price
West Virginia, Oklahoma
Lowest adult obesity rate
Hawaii, Connecticut
Lowest capital city population
Vermont, South Dakota
Lowest household income
Mississippi, West Virginia
Lowest % non-Hispanic whites
Hawaii, California
Lowest % population growth
1960-2016
West Virginia, Pennsylvania
Least human exposure to
air pollution
Wyoming, North Dakota
Fewest venomous snakes
(none)
Alaska, Hawaii, Maine,
Rhode Island
Least religious
Vermont, New Hampshire
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level 79
Apr 5, 2017
I "misunderestimated" the New England states in several categories.
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level 66
Aug 22, 2017
But Massachusetts wasn't there at all.... And I live there. I typed massachusetts like 20 times to see if it was there at all. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME.
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level 66
Apr 5, 2017
Sorry but I have to nit-pick. Snakes are venomous, not poisonous. Venom is injected, but poison is administered by other means (ingestion, inhalation, etc.) Venom and poison are quite different compounds. You can drink many types of venom and not get sick, as long as your gastrointestinal tract doesn't have a cut/ulcer that would give the venom a path to your bloodstream.
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level 76
Apr 5, 2017
OED: "Poisonous: 1. Containing, or of the nature of, poison; having the properties of a poison; venomous."
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level 66
Apr 6, 2017
Also from Oxford English Dictionary: "Poisonous and venomous are not identical in meaning, although they are often used interchangeably. A poisonous animal or plant produces toxins that are harmful when the animal or plant is touched or eaten, whereas a venomous snake or other creature is able to inject venom by means of its fangs, spines, or stingers". In a scientific setting, it's heresy to use them synonymously
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level ∞
Apr 6, 2017
Poisonous seems like it works, but I agree that venomous is better.
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level 66
Apr 5, 2017
Hawaii being fat surprised me, as I've heard the stereotype that they're fat, similar to oceanic nations. Does anybody know why they aren't fat? Seems to me like they'd need to ship in most of their food as processed/canned unhealthy foods.
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level 72
Apr 5, 2017
Yes, especially as so many Pacific nations appear in the Countries by Obesity Rate quiz.
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level ∞
Apr 6, 2017
Hawaii's largest racial group is Asian, followed by white, mixed-race, and then finally Polynesian. Hawaii's large concentration of Asians could explain the lower rate of obesity.
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level 82
Apr 6, 2017
Samoan obesity gene found in half of population there: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/866987
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level 72
Apr 5, 2017
*Insert some crappy undesirable statistic* "Hey, maybe it's Louisiana." *Is always right*
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level 76
Apr 5, 2017
Except for Lowest life expectancy, Lowest value of crops, Lowest % with 4-year college degree, Lowest household income.
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level 66
Apr 6, 2017
I grew up and currently live in Louisiana, but I've lived in several other geographic areas in the interim. The culture in Louisiana towards education is a stark contrast from what I've noticed other areas. In Louisiana most guys' ambition is to grow up to hunt or fish and to be a process operator at a plant (only requires highschool diploma). When I lived in other cities, people actually have ambition -- they want to be lawyers, scientists, etc. It seems that few highschoolers in Louisiana realize that there's more to the world that just the bubble that is Louisiana. Most people grow up and stay in Louisiana rather than to move away for college/grad school. Just my 2 cents.
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level 70
Apr 6, 2017
If a guy wants to be a process operator at a plant or hunt or fish then that is no less ambitious than the lawyer (that we have too many of) or scientist (that many are not cut out for). Your attitude is the typical arrogant elitist bull. And if a person is fulfilled in the world they create it doesn't make them uneducated to the rest of the world -- just content. The blue collar workers are just as hard working (some more so) than the "educated" workers and just as vital to the production to daily life. We need more people who are willing to see those blue-collar jobs as a badge of honor and not as losers who have no ambition. I have my degrees and work in a white-collar career but would never be so snobby as to deride someone who chooses not to get a college education. I also know many people who have those degrees you think everyone should have who have ended up living in mommy and daddy's basement. Degrees don't equal ambition.
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level 66
Apr 7, 2017
So somebody who works hard to get a Ph.D in genetics because he wants to cure cancer and revolutionize the world has the same ambition as somebody who works hard 60 hours a week being a plumber? I don't think you know what ambition is. Ambition is a strong desire to achieve something great -- working hard is just a usual result of this desire. Ambitious people always want to accomplish more and more. Even if somebody is 100% satisfied working hard their whole life being an operator, that by no means makes them ambitious.
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level 61
Aug 22, 2017
I agree completely kapulani3. College degrees, while necessary to get some jobs, are highly overrated. Colleges are becoming less and less relevant to the career fields for which they prepare their students. I am an electrical engineer for my company, and I can tell you that we have hired engineers from 4-year universities, as well as engineers from trade schools. The workers coming out of the trade schools are far more prepared for the job field than the university grads. We need to stop pushing the idea that a college education is everything. So many kids go through college only to find that there are no jobs, and they still have tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. And the tuition rate increases far outpace inflation!
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level 79
May 23, 2018
I am in complete agreement with kapulani3 and ctleng76. Education, degrees, fame, or fortune don't guarantee a happy, fulfilled life. Trades, farming, and labor are as important and in some cases more important than so called educated professions. It takes all occupations to produce a healthy society. If you are at your desk job, making $500,000 a year what good does it do you if there is no food or clothing being produced, no one to build your houses and cars, or nobody to repair your roof or plumbing? If you want to look down on the "common, uneducated, non-ambitious" man that's up to you, but I feel that you would be better off being grateful to them for doing the jobs that you don't want to do and allowing you to pursue something that YOU want to do. Ambition is a word with many definitions. Just because my definition doesn't agree with yours it doesn't make either of us right or wrong unless one of us chooses to be a closed minded judge and jury.
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level 82
Apr 6, 2017
Mississippi and West Virginia: Highest adult obesity rate, lowest household income, lowest with 4-year college degree. I would almost say there's a correlation there. Fixing education would go a long way alone.
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level 61
Aug 22, 2017
How do you fix education? In low income areas, schools have hard time getting kids to even come to school. This is a failure of the family unit. Low income and broken homes tend to go hand-in-hand. We need to find a way to get kids in the schools first before we can worry about how we educate them. I feel that there is more of a lack of parent-child "education;" they type of education that teaches kids right from wrong, and that they are responsible for their own destiny. You can spend all the time and money in the world on our education system, but if you don't fix the problems at home, it won't matter.
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level 72
Jul 31, 2018
You can't beat intelligence into a kid.
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level 65
Mar 23, 2019
It’s not enough to bash in heads, you’ve got to bash in minds!
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level 76
Apr 6, 2017
Interesting that the same two states appear as "Lowest murder rate" and "Least religious."
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level 80
Apr 6, 2017
Correlation does not equal causation.
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level 66
Apr 6, 2017
It sort of does here. When people are poor and/or uneducated, they often revert to a higher power to give their life meaning or to mentally help them through tough times. Also, poor and/or uneducated people murder other people at higher rates than well-off people due to gangs/drugs/robbing other people for money and other reasons.
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level 42
Apr 8, 2017
I had a feeling someone was going to say that. I honestly don't think there is any correlation there.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2017
It's not perfect but there is actually a pretty stark correlation between crime, particularly violent crime, and religiosity. All over the world. Some of the least religious countries are places like Sweden and Japan, which are also the safest and most crime-free. Some of the most religious countries include places like Afghanistan and Somalia. Joey is right correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation. But that doesn't mean it's not interesting or worthy of exploration.
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level 61
Aug 22, 2017
TinklePork is right, religion isn't automatically the cause. It is also an effect. Those who are wealthy tend to rely on themselves as opposed to God. Wealth separates them from God, because it buys them "everything." Thus, they (those who want for nothing) have no immediate need for God. It would be interesting to see a comparison between religion, suicide rates, and wealth. You will most likely find that a high rate of suicide, a low birth rate, and a general disregard for religion and faith seem to go together. Who needs faith if they already have it all? But why is it that those who have it all, tend to seem miserable and unhappy (for example, celebrities)? God doesn't automatically provide for our needs, because we would no longer have a reason to have faith in Him if did. We would automatically expect his provision. He wants us to put our full faith and trust in Him.
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level 77
Aug 16, 2018
I find the assertion, regardless of your confidence in making it, that wealth leads to irreligiosity just as suspect as the opposite assertion, that religiosity leads to undesirable social outcomes. Better to say that we don't know- because we really don't. But anyway isn't it really interesting that for those people who most fervently trust in and have faith that God will provide, He's much much less likely to? Also you can't rely on self-reported levels of happiness as a metric for measuring happiness, which most polls on the subject do, because this does not account for self-deception and dishonesty. There are better ways to measure this.
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level 79
Apr 8, 2017
According to the Maine.gov website, Maine also has no venomous snakes, just nine species of non-venomous snakes.
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2017
You're right. Maine and Rhode Island used to have rattlesnakes, but they have been driven extinct. Thanks Whacking Day!.
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level 71
Aug 22, 2017
I don't usually complain about this, but not enough time for the number of questions.
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level 67
Aug 22, 2017
Surprised California has one of the lowest smoking rates. I thought it would be top with just Snoop Dogg alone.
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level 57
Aug 22, 2017
this is a great quiz, but not nearly enough time allotted. basically if you don't get an answer correct in your first two or three guesses you're screwed. please add more time.
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2017
Added another minute
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level 55
Aug 22, 2017
According to Snapple, Maine is the only state without venomous snakes
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2017
Typical Snapple.
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level 72
Jul 31, 2018
Vermont, Hawaii, Mississippi own superlatives.