Find out what the numbers tell us about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Times' FYI Guy, Gene Balk, and other contributors comb data sets to look at the numbers behind news topics -- especially those that offer insight into the quality of life and cost of living in the Seattle area.

Washington state is No. 1. Of course! But which states are the worst?

The report includes access to health care, quality of education, public safety, the state's economy, GDP growth, migration into the state, patents, new businesses, natural environment and infrastructure.

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