If you’ve been debating a move outside the United States due to your disillusionment with Obamacare, the high cost of living, or any other gripe, the “United States of Shame” map just released by Policymic might only reaffirm that desire.
The "map of shame" graphically illustrates what each is the worst at. They note that it’s “not 100% science proof,” as some metrics were calculated only on qualitative ratings. While it’s a satirical piece, there are numbers to back up much of it, and to put it plainly – it ain’t pretty.
My lovely state of California, despite its wide expanse of beaches and row upon row of palm trees, is the highest in air pollution – no big shocker there. It’s certainly no joking matter, however, especially considering an article in today’s edition of the Daily Mail Online pointed to new research that found air pollution is said to account for 2.1 million premature deaths worldwide. I might have to consider a move in the near future.
There are some others that might not shock you all that much either (for example: Alaska has the highest suicide rate), while others might make you scratch your head (Arizona has the highest rate of alcoholism? We’d have guessed skin cancer!). Colorado has the highest rate of cocaine use per capita at 3.9% of the total population (one might have guessed marijuana). Oh, and in case you were wondering – Washington has the highest rate of bestiality!
Mississippi, on top of being nearly impossible to spell, was the map of shame winner, as it ranks poorly in the most number of categories. It has the highest rate of obesity, the highest rate of child poverty, the highest rate of infant mortality, the lowest median household income, the highest teen birth rate, and the highest overall rate of STDs. Long distance high-five, Mississippi! Now I know where I’m not moving.