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2005 Most Livable State Award

44 Negative and Positive Factors

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Table numbers refer to tables in the book State Rankings 2005

1 Percent Change in Number of Crimes: 2002 to 2003 (Table 27)
2 Crime Rate (Table 28)
3 State Prisoner Incarceration Rate (Table 62)
4 Personal Bankruptcy Rate (Table 104)
5 Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (Table 124)
6 Rate of Public Libraries and Branches (Table 154)
7 Unemployment Rate (Table 173)
8 Percent of Nonfarm Employees in Government (Table 187)
9 Electricity Prices (Table 206)
10 Hazardous Waste Sites on the National Priority List per 10,000 Square Miles (Table 220)
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 366)
14 Births of Low Birthweight as a Percent of All Births (Table 377)
15 Teenage Birth Rate (Table 378)
16 Infant Mortality Rate (Table 384)
17 Age-Adjusted Death Rate by Suicide (Table 398)
18 Population per Square Mile (Table 435)
19 Poverty Rate (Table 495)
20 Percent of Female-Headed Families with Children Living in Poverty (Table 499)
21 State and Local Government Spending for Welfare Programs as a Percent of All Spending (Table 502)
22 Percent of Households Receiving Food Stamps (Table 527)
23 Deficient Bridges as a Percent of Total Bridges (Table 544)
24 Highway Fatality Rate (Table 547)
25 Fatalities in Alcohol-Related Crashes as a Percent of All Highway Fatalities (Table 554)

26 Per Capita Gross State Product (Table 95)
27 Percent Change in Per Capita Gross State Product: 1998 to 2002 (Adjusted to Constant Dollars) (Table 96)
28 Per Capita Personal Income (Table 99)
29 Change in Per Capita Personal Income: 2002 to 2003 (Table 100)
30 Median Household Income (Table 102)
31 Public High School Graduation Rate (Table 128)
32 Percent of Population Graduated from High School (Table 129)
33 Expenditures for Education as a Percent of All State and Local Government Expenditures (Table 139)
34 Percent of Population With a Bachelorís Degree or More (Table 152)
35 Books in Public Libraries Per Capita (Table 155)
36 Per Capita State Art Agenciesí Legislative Appropriations (Table 156)
37 Average Weekly Earnings of Production Workers on Manufacturing Payrolls (Table 163)
38 Job Growth:  2003 to 2004 (Table 178)
39 Normal Daily Mean Temperature (Table 232)
40 Percent of Days That Are Sunny (Table 233)
41 Homeownership Rate (Table 422)
42 Domestic Migration of Population: 2003 to 2004 (Table 477)
43 Marriage Rate (Table 483)
44 Percent of Eligible Population Reported Voting (Table 494)