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7 Troubling Facts About Indiana You Would Be Better Off Not Knowing
Updated April 21, 2016 6:17 AM
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(UNDATED) - One great part about living in Indiana is that Hoosiers are always so proud of their roots and their state's history.

However, despite all the good we experience here in Indiana, there are definitely some improvements that could be made. Here are nine rather pessimistic facts regarding Indiana.

  1. There's a 21% pay gap between women and men. That's right - sadly, women in Indiana make, on average, only 79% of what their male counterparts make, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the AAUW. Ouch. Not cool, Indiana, not cool.
  2. We don't care about voting. In 2014, it was estimated that Indiana had the lowest voting turnout of all the states during midterm elections. Indiana's voting turnout was only 28%, which is pretty disappointing.
  3. We're the king! ...of meth. In 2013, Indiana was crowned the meth capital of the United States, with over 1800 meth busts that year. Not exactly what you want your state to be famous for.
  4. Indiana is high in obesity. According to a recent study, Indiana is number 7 in the country for obesity, with 32.7% of all residents suffering from obesity.
  5. We have a high number of smokers. Only six states have higher numbers of smokers than Indiana, which makes for a growing concern for lung disease. That's a pretty high number.
  6. We're #1 for toxic releases in our water. A 2012 study showed Indiana scored first place for the most harmful and toxic releases into water streams. Yikes.
  7. We have low well-being scores Indiana was very notable, and not in a good way, for overall well-being in 2014, coming in 48th for the best overall well-being by state. That's definitely not something to brag about.

Well, not exactly the best news, but knowing these facts is part of the battle, right? I think Hoosiers can help turn some of this around. What do you think?

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