Massachusetts — landing place of the pilgrims and one of the original 13 colonies — is the greatest state in the nation, according to a new report.
The Bay State is home to some of the nation’s best universities and hospitals. It also boasts one of the strongest economies and lowest unemployment rates in the country. Those factors helped push Massachusetts to the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s Best States rankings of how well states are performing for their citizens.
The inaugural report combines a national survey on what matters most to Americans with state rankings for more than 60 metrics in the following categories, listed in order of weighted importance:
- Health care: 18 percent weight
- Education: 16 percent
- Opportunity: 14 percent
- Crime and corrections: 14 percent
- Infrastructure: 14 percent
- Economy: 13 percent
- Government: 10 percent
The Bay State placed first in education and second in health care — the two most heavily weighted categories. According to U.S. News & World Report:
Its vibrant academic environment, innovative and supportive health care policies and modernizing economy, measure for measure, make this small New England powerhouse with a population of 6.8 million the strongest state of all.
While New England states clinched the top two spots in the Best States rankings, Southern states performed the worst, with Louisiana coming in dead last among the states.
This is how the states measure up:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
- New York
- Rhode Island
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
- New Mexico
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