OptimistiCartography: Every State is Good at Something
Want to join a gang? Illinois is your best bet, with between 8 and 11 gang members per 1000 residents. Enjoy both mountains and meth? Nevada has more of both than any other state in the union. Fat and generous? You'll be in good company in Mississippi, which has the highest percentage of charitable donations against income as well as the highest obesity rate in the nation.
One Block Off the Grid, the solar community program we featured in The GOOD 100 back in 2009, has put together an infographic that not only ranks each state's energy policy, but also lists something—from PhDs to teen pregnancies—that it has or produces more of than its forty-nine rivals. It turns out that everywhere is the best at something—but that something is not necessarily what you'd expect. Who knew that North Carolina produces 40 percent of the annual U.S. sweet potato crop?