If you have not heard yet, Washington is the best place to live. The Evergreen State just claimed the top spot in the 2019 “Best States” ranking from U.S. News & World Report.
There is a lot of data that goes into ranking the states, more than 70 metrics and thousands of data points. They are used to show how well each state serves their residents.
Washington places sixth last year, and fifth in 2017. We ranked in the top half of eight major categories. We even ranked in the Top 5 of four categories, Infrastructure (second), economy (third), education (fourth) and health care (fourth).
“If nothing else, this news certainly made Gov. Jay Inslee happy.
“We are thrilled that U.S. News & World Report has named Washington the No. 1 state in the country,” he told U.S. News. “This confirms what we, in Washington have always known, that our state is great for businesses, workers and investments, coupled with natural beauty and innovative, creative people. I am pleased to share Washington’s success with the world.”” (seattletimes.com)
New Hampshire was Washington’s runner up, followed by Minnesota, Utah and Vermont; making the Top 5 in that order.
You cannot stay in first forever but Louisiana has managed to ranked dead last in half of the categories, and was in the bottom 10 for all eight categories. Also placing in 50th place for three consecutive years. There is a cluster of southern states at the bottom, with Alabama in 49th place and Mississippi in 48th. I hope that they do better next year.