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Table numbers refer to tables in the book State Rankings 2004

1 Percent Change in Number of Crimes: 2001 to 2002 (Table 27)
2 Crime Rate (Table 28)
3 State Prisoner Incarceration Rate (Table 62)
4 Personal Bankruptcy Rate (Table 102)
5 Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (Table 122)
6 Rate of Public Libraries and Branches in 2001 (Table 152)
7 Unemployment Rate (Table 171)
8 Percent of Nonfarm Employees in Government (Table 185)
9 Electricity Prices (Table 204)
10 Hazardous Waste Sites on the National Priority List per 10,000 Square Miles (Table 218)
11 State & Local Taxes as a Percent of Personal Income (Table 291)
12 Per Capita State and Local Government Debt Outstanding (Table 303)
13 Percent of Population Not Covered by Health Insurance (Table 359)
14 Births of Low Birthweight as a Percent of All Births (Table 375)
15 Teenage Birth Rate (Table 376)
16 Infant Mortality Rate (Table 382)
17 Age-Adjusted Death Rate by Suicide (Table 399)
18 Population per Square Mile (Table 437)
19 Poverty Rate (Table 499)
20 Percent of Female-Headed Families with Children Living in Poverty in 2002 (Table 503)
21 State and Local Government Spending for Welfare Programs as a Percent of All Spending (Table 506)
22 Percent of Households Receiving Food Stamps (Table 531)
23 Deficient Bridges as a Percent of Total Bridges (Table 547)
24 Highway Fatality Rate (Table 550)
25 Fatalities in Alcohol-Related Crashes as a Percent of All Highway Fatalities (Table 557)

26 Per Capita Gross State Product (Table 93)
27 Percent Change in Per Capita Gross State Product: 1997 to 2001(Adjusted to Constant Dollars) (Table 94)
28 Per Capita Personal Income (Table 97)
29 Change in Per Capita Personal Income: 2001 to 2002 (Table 98)
30 Median Household Income (Table 100)
31 Public High School Graduation Rate (Table 126)
32 Percent of Population Graduated from High School (Table 127)
33 Expenditures for Education as a Percent of All State and Local Government Expenditures (Table 137)
34 Percent of Population With a Bachelorís Degree or More (Table 150)
35 Books in Public Libraries Per Capita (Table 153)
36 Per Capita State Art Agenciesí Legislative Appropriations (Table 154)
37 Average Weekly Earnings of Production Workers on Manufacturing Payrolls (Table 161)
38 Job Growth:  2002 to 2003 (Table 176)
39 Normal Daily Mean Temperature (Table 232)
40 Percent of Days That Are Sunny (Table 233)
41 Homeownership Rate (Table 424)
42 Domestic Migration of Population: 2002 to 2003 (Table 481)
43 Marriage Rate (Table 487)
44 Percent of Eligible Population Reported Voting (Table 498)