Wyoming was #1, and (shock) California was #50. Best and Worst Run States in America — An Analysis Of All 50 - 24/7 Wall St. 17. Washington > State debt per capita: $3,719 (18th highest) > Pct. without health insurance: 14.2% (25th lowest) > Pct. below poverty line: 12.5% (tied for 18th lowest) > Unemployment: 9.1% (16th highest) Washington state has moved down one slot from last years rank, partially due to an increase in unemployment and an increase in poverty rate. On the whole, the state performs better than average in most categories, including household income, violent crime rate and high school graduation. And while the state does not make it to the top 10 in any single category, it also avoids the bottom 10 in each. 26. Idaho > State debt per capita: $2,284 (16th lowest) > Pct. without health insurance: 17.7% (11th highest) > Pct. below poverty line: 14.3% (23rd highest) > Unemployment: 9% (19th highest) Idaho has the seventh-lowest violent crime rate in the country, a manageable debt per capita and a AA+ credit rating. Otherwise, the state leaves much to be desired. It has the 11th highest rate of residents without health insurance coverage. It also had one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country last month. On a state and local level combined, Idaho spends less per capita than any state in the country on its population. 31. Oregon > State debt per capita: $3,284 (15th lowest) > Pct. without health insurance: 17.1% (15th highest) > Pct. below poverty line: 14.6% (tied for 19th highest) > Unemployment: 9.6% (14th highest) In 2009, Oregon had the second-lowest revenue per capita and spent the 20th most per capita in the state budget. Oregon has a higher-than-average rate of adults with a high school education, as well as the 12th-lowest violent crime rate in the country. But the state otherwise performs quite poorly. Oregon has worse-than-average poverty rate, health insurance coverage and unemployment. Meanwhile, the state had the ninth-highest foreclosure rate in the country in October one in every 455 homes. Colorado fell below Oregon due to housing foreclosures. In a way that's potentially good news if someone wants to find a home away from home in one of the few landlocked states that would be tolerable to live in.