What States Are Worst At

In a map:


by Patrick Appel

E.G. at DiA ponders the cartographer's choices:

Some of the shame points are a little arbitrary (really, they couldn't find anything more damning for Florida than its rate of identity theft?) and others are perplexing (there's no state dumber than Maine? I can think of a couple contenders). But in other cases the simple caption points to issues that no doubt deserve more attention. Why is South Dakota, for example, the state with the highest rate of rape? Does that have something do with the share of the population living on Indian reservations? Perhaps with difficulties of rural law enforcement?