Missouri Is the 8th Most Normal State in the U.S.

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What does "normal" really mean, anyway?
In case you were wondering, life here in the Show-Me State is rather normal.

By "normal," we mean close to the national average across 31 social, economic and demographic characteristics. That's how Business Insider measured each state's normalcy for a national ranking, released Monday.

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Business Insider determined that Missouri is the eighth most normal state according to its similarities to the national averages for household size, birth rate, commute time, racial makeup and more.

Missouri -- ranked between No. 9 Ohio and No. 7 Delaware -- fell at or near the national average for the proportions of people identifying as black, multiracial or some other race. Missouri's rate for the number of people below the poverty line was close to the national average: 16.2 percent in Missouri compared to 15.9 percent nationally.

But not everything about Missouri is normal. White Missourians were overrepresented at 80.5 percent, and Missourians identifying as Hispanic or Latino were underrepresented at 3.7 percent.

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The most normal state in the U.S. is Missouri's neighbor Illinois. The only weird thing about Illinois, according to Business Insider, is just how normal it is.

Here's the data Business Insider used to define normalcy for the ranking.

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Data from the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Normal, it sure doesn't give me that feeling lately.

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

Being normal sucks. Id rather be the weirdest state.

Kenny Snarzyk
Kenny Snarzyk

Let me guess. Lindsay Toler rehashed another story. WORTHLESS.

Jason Kanzler
Jason Kanzler

I have a weird hunch that Neil Aimaro up there^ doesn't like Missouri.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

This coming from a state that elected a dead guy....Yea totally normal.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

One thing that's not very normal about Missouri now is how many people have access to health insurance.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Yea I guess you can consider having a high poverty rate as "Normal"

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

So is it normal to have such a high rape rate like we do in Missouri? Hell if rape is as common as it is here for the rest of the country I'd ague that falling into the norm is not really a good thing.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

And who ever said that maintaining the norm is a good thing? What if the norm sucks?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

You know the rainbow in the picture makes me think about how the state of Missouri still has not legalized gay marriage. "Normal" huh?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Yea this picture sums up a lot of Missouri; An empty building in an empty field. Quick somebody throw a rainbow in there to make it look happy.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Heroin abuse is on the incline in the state of Missouri...Is that "Normal" too?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

So having the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country is "Normal"????

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

"St. Louis....Hey at least it's not Detroit."

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

How do you know your state sucks? When your local news source publishes something like this.

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

Maybe the bigger issue is what is considered normal.

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