The metrics have spoken: Washington state is the best state in which to live, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Its website says, “The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens.”
The site takes into account health care, education, economy, infrastructure, public safety, fiscal stability of state government, and the opportunity it affords its residents.
“More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people,” the site says.
Weighted most heavily were health care and education followed by economies, infrastructure, and the opportunity states offer their citizens. Then came fiscal stability, crime and corrections, and state’s natural environment.
A number from 1 to 50 was given in each category depending on where the state ranked in each.
Here are Washington’s rankings:
Health Care – 4
Education – 4
Economy – 3
Infrastructure – 2
Opportunity – 19
Fiscal Stability – 22
Crime & Corrections – 15
Natural Environment – 14
Overall Rank – 1
Oregon's overall state ranking is 27. Louisiana was ranked the worst state in the country at No. 50.
To see the breakdown for each of those states and the other 46, visit U.S. News’ website.
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