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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

United States of Shame: Map Illustrates Each State's Biggest Failures

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

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You can stop boasting to your family down in the south about how much better you have it on the Pacific side. According to this somewhat scientific map, the West Coast isn't without its glaring flaws, which include air pollution, chronic homelessness, and yes, bestiality.

Appropriately dubbed the United States of Shame, researchers used Census data (some from 2011), U.S. Health rankings, and some snark to craft this colorful map that details just how screwed up we all are.

Keeping it local, California is absolutely the worst when it comes to air pollution (you can thank your buddies down in Los Angeles for that one) where there's 15.2 micrograms per cubic meter -- whatever that means. So we're pretty filthy, but at least we're not screwing our livestock (Washington) or incapable of passing the sixth grade (Maine).

And it's official: California no longer has the worst drivers -- that'd be Massachusetts. So shut up about our driving already.

In any event, have a quick scan of this map and see which state you'd fit in most (New Mexico for us). If anything, it'll certainly make for interesting conversation at the next family reunion.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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