Washington is the #1 state in America: report

Dec 5 2019, 2:00 pm

A new study by the US News and World Report proves what most of us already believed to be true: Washington is officially ranked as the best state in America.

The report measured eight main categories to come up with the Best States Rankings. From these eight categories, more than five dozen subcategories of metrics were taken into account. Weight was distributed differently across the states, based on a separate survey of what matters most to people.

The eight main categories that the study looked at included health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections, and natural environments across the country.

Out of 50 states, Washington scored fourth in healthcare, fourth in education, third in the economy rankings, second in infrastructure, 19th in opportunity, 22nd in fiscal stability, 15th in crime and corrections, and 14th in natural environment ranking.

Hawaii was the top for health care, Massachusetts topped education, Colorado came in first for its economy, and Oregon best for infrastructure. New Hampshire was the top of the opportunity as well as crime and correction rankings, Tennessee with fiscal stability, and Rhode Island with the best natural environment.

Here is the full list of the 2019 Best States Rankings:

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