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What's the Worst That Could Happen in Your State?

This interactive infographic explores state-by-state statistics in such categories as lightning strikes, murder rate, traffic fatalities, cancer deaths, incarceration rate, obesity rate, loss of teeth, STD rate, mental health, and unemployment rate. Here are some of the highlights.

Lightning Strikes

Among the states with the highest rate of lightning strikes are Florida, Texas, Colorado, and Georgia.

Alaska, Washington, and Oregon rank among the states with the lowest rate.

This information pertains to total lightning strike deaths between 1998 and 2008 and was sourced from National Severe Storms Laboratory and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Murder Rate

Among states with high murder rates are Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

This information pertains to 2011 and was sourced from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Traffic Fatalities

Texas, Mississippi, Montana, and Alabama are among states with the highest rates of traffic fatalities, with Oregon and Minnesota among the lowest.

This information pertaning to 2010 was sourced from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cancer Deaths

Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah are among states with the lowest rate of death from cancer.

This information was sourced from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Center for Health Statistics.

Incarceration Rate

Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama rank among states with the highest rates of incarceration.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Obesity Rate

Colorado, Connecticut, and Hawaii rank among states with the lowest obesity rates.

Sources: HealthyAmericans.org, CDC

Loss of Teeth

Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia rank among states with the highest rates of tooth loss.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

STD Rate

Lousiana, Mississippi, and Georgia are among states with the higest incidence of Gonorrhea.

Source: CDC