California Makes Another List – Worst Run State in the Nation

Russ Steele

Wyoming and California were respectively named the best- and worst-run states in the U.S. this year, according to a new study by 24/7 Wall Street Details HERE.

  •  Wyoming came out on top overall by having a state debt per capita of $2,452.
  •  Only 14.9 percent of the Wyoming’s population didn’t have health insurance.
  •   Only 10.3 percent was classified as living below the poverty line and unemployment was at 5.8 percent — the sixth lowest in the nation.
  •  The study reported 92.3 percent of adults over 25 have a high school diploma.
  •  Wyoming was also recorded having the fourth lowest violent crime rate.

Contrary to Wyoming, California was ranked the worst-run state of all 50 states.

  • California state debt per capital of $3,660 — the 21st highest in the nation.
  • California ranked poorly with 18.5 percent of the state’s population without health insurance and 14.5 percent below the poverty line.
  •  California’s unemployment rate ranked second highest in the nation at 11.9 percent
  •  California has the second lowest percentage of adults who have earned a high school diploma in the nation.

The complete list (from best to worst) is as follows:

1. Wyoming

2. Nebraska

3. North Dakota

4. Minnesota

5. Iowa

6. Utah

7. Vermont

8. Virginia

9. Kansas

10. South Dakota

11. Maryland

12. Hawaii

13. New Hampshire

14. Maine

15. Pennsylvania

16.  Wisconsin

17. Washington

18. Alaska

19. North Carolina

20. Missouri

21. Delaware

22. Connecticut

23. Indiana

24. Ohio

25. Texas

26. Idaho

27. Montana

28. Oklahoma

29. Tennessee

30. Massachusetts

31. Oregon

32. Georgia

33. Colorado

34. New York

35. Arkansas

36. Alabama

37. New Jersey

38. Mississippi

39. West Virginia

40. Florida

41. New Mexico

42. Louisiana

43. Rhode Island

44. Kentucky

45. South Carolina

46. Nevada

47. Arizona

48. Michigan

49. Illinois

50. California


The question is, how do we get off the bottom of this list.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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