by JEAN CHATZKY, AOL DailyFinance
It's not just political philosophies that define the differences between Republican-leaning "red states" and Democrat-leaning "blue states" -- and some of those differences may surprise you.
Blue states, for example, have higher average gas prices -- but because red state citizens own less-efficient vehicles and drive them more, high gas prices are hurting them to a greater degree. The states with the most teen pregnancies are mostly among the conservative red, whereas those with the least are mostly blue. And when it comes to credit scores, blue states are where the smart money is.
That's what the folks at CreditKarma.com figured out after examining credit data from TransUnion, one of the three major credit bureaus. Comparing credit scores state-by-state, they found that the average score in blue states is 667 -- 16 points higher than the 651 average in red states. [MORE]