What brings the state down so low are the high unemployment—at 13.4%, easily the highest in the country, the alarming drop in home values, the equally alarming number of foreclosures (both the highest in the country), and the second lowest percentage of persons covered by health insurance. Yay, us?
On the other hand, we can finally claim to beat California at something. The left coast state came firmly in dead last in the rankings.
3. North Dakota
The full list and discussion can be found (starting) here. Lame-O that they split it across 6 web-pages, but I guess they know how to generate that ad revenue, right?