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NH Ranked 2nd Best State by US News and World Report

Mar 01, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

This month, US News and World Report, known for its school and healthcare rankings, debuted a new ranking aimed at providing a comprehensive picture of how well states are serving the needs of citizens. 

The ranking took into account hundreds of data points in 68 metrics, organized into seven broad categories: health care, education, opportunity, economy, infrastructure, crime & corrections and government. A survey, conducted by partner McKinsey & Company, helped researchers determine how to weigh the various criteria they considered, with citizens claiming that health care and education were their top priorities. 

Massachusetts took the prize for ‘best state’, ranking 1st in the education category and 2nd in health care. New Hampshire followed, with strong rankings in education and health care as well as a 1st place ranking in the category of opportunity, which took into account the state’s low poverty rates and lack of gender and racial inequality. 

The Granite State performed slightly worse in the government category, thanks to a lack of digitalization and transparency, as well as budget balancing. However, the data used for the latter metric was from 2014, a year where lower-than-anticipated business tax revenues resulted in a shortfall. In 2015 and 2016, the state posted surplus revenues. 

Vermont was the only other New England state to rank in the top ten. Louisiana came in last, with poor rankings across the board. 

The magazine created a Data Explorer which provides a plethora of more specific charts and the ability to delve deeper into each state’s performance or rankings across specific categories and metrics. 



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