Washington once again ranked the best state in the nation

Mar 9 2021, 11:45 am

US News and World Report has once again ranked Washington as the best state in the nation.

The Evergreen State has held the top spot since 2019, and is described by the report as “an outdoor enthusiast’s dream” due to its “geological diversity, ranging from mountains to deserts, rainforests, and a Pacific coastline.”

The publication ranked all 50 states across a multitude of categories, including healthcare, opportunity, the economy, and education. Washington ranked first for broadband access and GDP growth, and tied for first for government credit rating score.

The state also ranked in the top ten for healthcare, education, economy, infrastructure, and fiscal stability.

“I am so happy for the people of Washington to take home this honor again. It takes all 7.6 million of us to make this state the dynamic place it truly is. Washingtonians are motivated to lead and innovate in all aspects of our society, in labor, business, education, health, and so much more,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a press release. “It was that same spirit that helped us bounce back from being the first state in the nation hit by COVID-19, and we are on our way to a robust recovery because of our unique attributes.”

Here are the US News and World Report’s ranking of the best states in the nation for 2021:

  1. Washington
  2. Minnesota
  3. Utah
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Idaho
  6. Nebraska
  7. Virginia
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Florida
  11. Vermont
  12. Iowa
  13. North Carolina
  14. North Dakota
  15. South Dakota
  16. Colorado
  17. Maryland
  18. Georgia
  19. New Jersey
  20. Connecticut
  21. New York
  22. Oregon
  23. Delaware
  24. California
  25. Hawaii
  26. Kansas
  27. Maine
  28. Missouri
  29. Tennessee
  30. Illinois
  31. Texas
  32. Indiana
  33. Montana
  34. Rhode Island
  35. Wyoming
  36. Ohio
  37. Nevada
  38. Michigan
  39. Arizona
  40. Pennsylvania
  41. Kentucky
  42. South Carolina
  43. Oklahoma
  44. Arkansas
  45. Alaska
  46. Alabama
  47. West Virginia
  48. New Mexico
  49. Mississippi
  50. Louisiana
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