Study shows which US state is the unluckiest

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re planning a trip to West Virginia anytime soon, here are some tips for you: don’t break any mirrors, avoid black cats and definitely don’t travel on Friday the 13th.

West Virginia has been named the unluckiest state in the country, according to a report by

The casino news and reviews site ranked each state based on a number of factors to determine which was the unluckiest in America.

West Virginia ranked last on the luck meter, with an unlucky score of 75.08 out of a possible 100. New York was the luckiest state in the country, with a score of 28.26.

Ten factors were considered, including deaths from lightning, accidental deaths, Powerball and Mega Millions winners, and divorce rates among couples under 30.

West Virginia ranked last in three of the measures: lowest happiness among residents, highest accidental death rate and lowest life expectancy.

Several other Southern states — Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama — rounded out the five unluckiest states.

Among the lucky ones, New York tops the list thanks to its low under-30 divorce rate, low accidental death rate, and high life expectancy.

Minnesota, Maryland, California and New Jersey are the other lucky states that earn a spot in the top five.

Here is an overview of some of the metrics used in the report:

  • West Virginia ranks last for resident happiness, while Utah ranks first.
  • Florida has recorded the most lightning fatalities since 1952 (515), while Alaska and Hawaii have the fewest (0).
  • Texas has had the most disaster declarations since 1953 (365), while Delaware has the fewest (25).
  • West Virginia had the most accidental deaths per 100,000 since 2014 (92.1), while New York had the fewest (34.0).
  • West Virginia had the lowest life expectancy (74.8), while Hawaii had the highest (81.4).
  • Arkansas had the highest divorce rate at age 30 (19.5%), while New York had the lowest (5%).

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