RANKED: All 50 states and DC, from the weirdest to the most normal

The US is a huge, diverse country, and the characteristics of the states that make it up vary widely.

We used 40 demographic, social, and economic indicators that cover several aspects of American life, mostly from the US Census Bureau’s recently released “2014 American Community Survey” estimates.

We looked at how far away each state was from the average of each of those metrics among the states and Washington, DC. Putting those distances together, we figured out how “weird” or “normal” each state was. See our method and sources here.

Here’s all 50 states and DC, ranked from weirdest to most normal, along with some of the metrics that made them outliers or average.

50. Hawaii

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What makes it weird: Like DC, Hawaii's racial makeup is different from other states. Only 22.9% of Hawaii residents identified as non-Hispanic white alone, lower than any other state. Unsurprisingly, Hawaii had by far the largest percentage of Hawaiian Natives and other Pacific Islanders at 9.3%. At 18.9%, Hawaii also had the highest percentage of people identifying as two or more races.

What makes it normal: The median age of Hawaii residents at 38.1 years was slightly higher than the average median age among the states of 38 years.

49. Alaska

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What makes it weird: Alaska had the biggest sex discrepancy of any of the states: 52.3% of Alaskans are men, making the state one of just nine with male majorities. The state also had, by far, the highest proportion of residents identifying as American Indian or Alaska Native at 13.7%.

What makes it normal: The 16.6% of Alaskans who spoke a language other than English at home was close to the 14.6% average rate among the states.

42. North Dakota

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What makes it weird: While the oil boom has begun to turn into a bust, the effects of the explosive growth in fracking can still be felt in North Dakota. The state's 2.9% unemployment rate was the second lowest among the states, and its per capita gross domestic product of $US74,560 was the fourth highest. The boom can also be seen in the state's housing market: 5.9% of houses in the state were built after 2010, over twice the average 2.2% rate among the states.

What makes it normal: 8.9% of North Dakotans were civilian veterans, close to the average rate among the states of 8.7%.

40. New Mexico

What makes it weird: New Mexico had the highest proportion of Latinos among the states, with 47.7% of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino. Relatedly, 36.8% of residents spoke a language other than English at home, the second-highest rate.

What makes it normal: New Mexico had a balanced sex ratio, at 49.5% male and 50.5% female, close to the average of 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

39. Texas

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What makes it weird: Everything is bigger in Texas, including the population. At 27 million people, Texas was the second-biggest state after California. Unfortunately, Texas had the lowest rate of residents with health insurance among the states, with just 80.9% of residents with insurance in 2014.

What makes it normal: Marriage rates in Texas were similar to the average among the states, with 50.5% of males and 47.5% of females over 15 currently married, compared to the overall averages of 49.8% of men and 47% of women.

37. Maine

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What makes it weird: With 24.4% of housing units empty, Maine had the highest vacancy rate in the country. Maine also had the highest median age in the country, at 44.1 years.

What makes it normal: 7.9% of Maine households didn't have access to a car, just under the average 8.2% rate among the states.

36. Louisiana

What makes it weird: Louisianans were much less likely to be married than residents of other states. Only 45.2% of males over age 15 were married, the third-lowest rate in the country, and just 41.5% of females over age 15 were married, the second-lowest rate.

What makes it normal: Louisiana's state GDP per capita of $US54,068 was just below the average $US55,197 GDP per capita among the states.

33. Nevada

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What makes it weird: Nevadans are a mobile bunch: 20.3% of the state's 2014 residents said they moved in the previous year, the second-highest rate in the country. Also, 27.8% of the state's residents identified as Hispanic or Latino, the fifth-highest proportion among the states and DC.

What makes it normal: Nevada's poverty rate of 15.2% was just above the average rate among the states of 14.9%.

30. Connecticut

What makes it weird: Connecticut's housing stock is older than in other states. Only 0.9% of housing units in Connecticut were built since 2010, the second-lowest proportion among the states, and just 6.9% between 2000 and 2009, the third-lowest rate in the country.

What makes it normal: Connecticut's racial composition is similar to other states: 68.6% of Connecticut residents identified as non-Hispanic white, just below the 69.2% average among the states, and 9.7% of Connecticuters identified as non-Hispanic black, close to the 11% average.

28. South Dakota

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What makes it weird: South Dakota has a large American Indian population, with 7.9% of the state's residents identifying as such, the third-highest proportion in the country.

What makes it normal: In 2014, 90.2% of South Dakotans had health insurance, just above the average rate among the states of 89.3%.

26. Rhode Island

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What makes it weird: Rhode Island had the lowest birth rate in the country, with just 40 babies born per 1,000 women between 15 and 50. Only 0.8% of Rhode Island houses were built since 2010, the lowest proportion among the states and DC.

What makes it normal: The mean commute time in Rhode Island was 24 minutes, just a few seconds faster than the 24.1 minute average among the states.

24. Idaho

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What makes it weird: Idaho had the second-highest marriage rates for men and women in the country, with 54.9% of males over 15 and 54.4% of females over 15 being currently married.

What makes it normal: Idaho's poverty rate of 14.8% was just below the average among the states and DC of 14.9%. Also, 13.6% of Idaho's housing units were vacant, only slightly above the average vacancy rate of 13.3%.

22. Oklahoma

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What makes it weird: Oklahoma's racial demographics are unique: 7.1% of Oklahomans identified as American Indians, the fourth-largest proportion among the states. Meanwhile, 6.8% of the state's residents identified as two or more races, the third-largest proportion.

What makes it normal: Oklahoma's average family size of 2.58 people was nearly identical to the average among the states of 2.59.

21. South Carolina

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What makes it weird: South Carolina's per capita GDP of $US39,380 was the third lowest among the states.

What makes it normal: The mean commute time in South Carolina was 24.1 minutes, just about the same as the overall average. Also, 15.4% of South Carolinians moved in the last year, again just about the same as the average proportion among the states and DC.

19. Kentucky

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What makes it weird: Only 84.5% of Kentucky residents have at least a high-school diploma, the sixth-lowest rate among the states.

What makes it normal: In Kentucky, 2.3% of housing units were built since 2010, just above the average among the states of 2.2%. Similarly, 15.1% of Kentucky houses were built between 2000 and 2009, close to the average rate of 14.8%.

16. Tennessee

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What makes it weird: Tennessee's disability rate of 15.7% was the eighth highest in the country.

What makes it normal: 8.9% of Tennessee's residents were civilian veterans, close to the average rate among the states of 8.7%. The state's mean commute time of 24.5 minutes was just about a half minute longer than the average time of 24.1 minutes.

15. Georgia

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What makes it weird: Georgia has a large black population -- 30.9% of Georgians identified as black or African-American alone, the fourth-highest proportion among the states and DC.

What makes it normal: Georgia's birth rate of 54 babies per 1,000 women between 15 and 50 was close to the average birth rate among the states of 53 babies per 1,000 women. Also, 29.1% of Georgians had bachelor's degrees or higher, just below the average rate of 29.7%.

13. Minnesota

What makes it weird: In 2014, 94.1% of Minnesotans had health insurance, the fifth-highest rate among the states and DC.

What makes it normal: Minnesota's median age of 37.8 years was just below the average among the states of 38 years. The median cost of housing for homeowners with a mortgage in Minnesota was $US1,454 per month, only $US15 more than the average among the states of $US1,439.

7. Kansas

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What makes it weird: 72.9% of housing units in Kansas were detached, single-family houses, the second-highest rate in the country.

What makes it normal: 11.3% of Kansans identified as Hispanic or Latino, equal to the average proportion among the states and DC. Also, 74.5% of Kansas households had broadband internet connections, just above the average rate among the states of 74.4%.

6. Wisconsin

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What makes it weird: The average Wisconsin household had just 2.43 members, the seventh lowest in the country.

What makes it normal: The fraction of Wisconsin households with children was 27.5%, just below the average proportion among the states of 27.6%. Also, 84.9% of Wisconsin households had a computer in the home, equal to the average among the states.

3. Oregon

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What makes it weird: Oregon had the seventh-lowest housing vacancy rate in the country, at just 9.7% of housing units.

What makes it normal: Oregon's marriage rates are close to average: 49.5% of males over 15 were married in the state, just below the average rate among the states of 49.8%. For women, 47.6% of Oregonian females over 15 were married, slightly above the average among the states of 47%.

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