Best US States 2022

The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety, the 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. Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came state economies, infrastructure, and the opportunity states offer their citizens. Fiscal stability followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of crime and corrections and a state’s natural environment.

RANK

STATE

HEALTH CARE

EDUCATION

ECONOMY

OPPORTUNITY

CRIME & CORRECTIONS

1
Washington
8 4 4 25 19
2
Minnesota
16 17 15 2 15
3
Utah
11 10 1 30 8
4
New Hampshire
13 13 11 3 1
5
Idaho
24 29 3 24 10
6
Nebraska
28 9 20 10 31
7
Virginia
12 12 13 8 9
8
Wisconsin
15 8 26 9 25
9
Massachusetts
2 2 5 36 4
10
Florida
25 3 8 33 26
11
Vermont
18 15 25 17 3
12
Iowa
20 18 27 1 14
13
North Carolina
30 7 17 28 20
14
North Dakota
27 25 32 23 18
15
South Dakota
29 19 30 27 35
16
Colorado
10 5 2 41 41
17
Maryland
6 14 35 15 22
18
Georgia
43 26 12 13 29
19
New Jersey
4 1 33 19 5
20
Connecticut
3 6 22 45 6
21
New York
7 16 43 46 11
22
Oregon
17 35 14 31 40
23
Delaware
14 24 24 14 39
24
California
5 20 10 50 28
25
Hawaii
1 27 46 34 12
26
Kansas
41 23 31 16 27
27
Maine
26 28 36 29 2
28
Missouri
42 30 23 4 45
29
Tennessee
40 33 16 21 42
30
Illinois
23 11 39 12 16
31
Texas
31 34 9 39 37
32
Indiana
32 22 21 7 24
33
Montana
36 32 19 35 34
34
Rhode Island
9 39 28 32 7
35
Wyoming
38 21 45 42 21
36
Ohio
37 31 34 6 32
37
Nevada
39 40 6 47 36
38
Michigan
35 38 29 5 30
39
Arizona
21 46 7 40 38
40
Pennsylvania
19 37 42 11 17
41
Kentucky
44 36 40 20 13
42
South Carolina
34 44 18 38 46
43
Oklahoma
48 42 37 26 44
44
Arkansas
49 41 41 22 48
45
Alaska
22 49 50 43 49
46
Alabama
45 47 38 37 43
47
West Virginia
47 45 48 18 23
48
New Mexico
33 50 44 49 47
49
Mississippi
50 43 49 44 33
50
Louisiana
46 48 47 48 50

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