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.”
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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:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- New Mexico