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This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2019 10:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report, that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington didn't come in first in any one category, but its cumulative score topped everyone else. Coming in at No. 50? Louisiana. Here are the top 10:

  1. Washington state
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Minnesota
  4. Utah
  5. Vermont
  6. Maryland
  7. Virginia
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Nebraska
  10. Colorado
Read on for the bottom 10.

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Here are states at the bottom of the new ranking:

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. South Carolina
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Alaska
  5. Arkansas
  6. New Mexico
  7. West Virginia
  8. Mississippi
  9. Alabama
  10. Louisiana
Click for the full rankings. (Read more lists stories.)

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