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West Virginia

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#1 Biggest Infrastructure Need: States #2 Biggest Increase in Divorce: States #2 Biggest Tax Refunds: States #2 Most Smoker-Friendly: States #3 Widest Pay Gap Between CEOs and Salesclerks: States #3 Worst Dental Health: States #4 Highest GDP Growth: States #4 Most Miserable: States #5 Most Divorced Residents: States #6 Getting Fatter Fastest: States #6 Most Retirement Spent Alone for Women: States #7 Fewest Female Top Executives: States #7 Longest Marriages: States #7 Most Unintentional Deaths: States #8 Biggest Increases in School Spending: States #8 Greatest Growth in Coal Production: States #12 Most Residents Thrice Wed or More: States #13 Biggest Spenders in Casinos: States #14 Most Deficient Bridges: States #16 Biggest Declines in Homeownership: States #16 Highest Growth in GDP and Population: States #16 Most Underfunded Pension Plans: States #18 Greatest Concentration of Senior Poverty: States #20 Biggest Projected Reduction in Emissions by 2030: States #20 Most Beer Consumption 2012: States #25 Most Licensed Drivers 19 and Younger: States #25 Most Licensed Drivers Age 85+: States #26 Biggest Lottery Losers: States #27 Most Married Residents: States #29 Biggest Share of Household Income Held by the 1%: States #30 Highest Unemployment: States #30 Most Back-to-School Stores: States #31 Hottest Days: States #31 Most Stores per Square Mile: States #32 Lowest Percentage of Minimum-Wage Workers: States #33 Highest Male/Female Ratios: States #33 Most Underestimated Income Inequality: States #34 Biggest Increase in Beer Consumption: States #35 Most Seniors: States #36 Highest Concentration of Engineering Majors: States #36 Most Prisoners: States #39 Greatest Decrease in Marriages: States #40 Fewest Females in the 1% Club: States #40 Greatest Growth in Jobs for Techies: States #40 Most Vehicle Thefts: States #41 Most Tax Revenue from Alcohol, Tobacco, Betting: States #42 Highest Concentration of Restaurants: States #42 Largest Wage Increases: States #42 Most Consumers with Student Loan Debt: States #42 Most Innovative in U.S.: States #43 Worst for Minimum-Wage Workers: States #44 Biggest Increase in Number of Brewers: States #44 Most Expensive Droughts: States #44 Most Vaccinated Children: States #45 Highest Showbiz Pay: States #45 Worst for the Unemployed: States #46 Highest Concentration of Arts Majors: States #46 Most Million-Dollar Tax Filers: States #46 Most Volunteers: States #47 Biggest Prime Workforce: States #47 Highest Pay for Tech Jobs: States #48 Most Drunks: States #48 Most Never-Marrieds: States #48 Most Showbiz Jobs: States #49 Biggest Five-Year Decline in Pension Funding: States #49 Most Brewery Permits: States #50 Biggest Class Divisions: States #50 Least Upwardly Mobile Low-Wage Workers: States #50 Longest Retirements: States #50 Lowest Ratio of Obesity to Health Coaches: States #51 Fewest Minorities in the 1% Club: States #51 Most Educated: States #51 Most Female Seniors at Work: States #51 Most Male Seniors at Work: States