The caveats, up front: Everyone makes mistakes and there are a lot of states, more than 40. And before you criticize the political site Politico for not labelling every single state right on the cover of its new magazine, lets see if you can do better.
Here is the quiz. You will be presented with two maps and asked to identify a state on each. Then, we will compare your score to Politico's and see who truly knows this country of ours best. Oh, also? You may cheat and Google the results.
Which of the states below is Mississippi?
Which of the states below is New Hampshire?
Answer both questions to see how you did.
Here's how Politico did, on the cover of the new issue of its magazine.
The article, which ranks the relative "strength" of each state, putting New Hampshire first and Mississippi last, has been updated to more accurately depict the United States. The state's strength was determined by "round[ing] up 14 different state rankings from reputable sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI, and on important factors such as high school graduation rates, per capita income, life expectancy and crime rate." Geography wasn't included.
The site had a sense of humor about the mistake.