Vermont finishes 5th on best state ranking


Vermont was ranked the fifth best state in the nation, based on criteria such as health care, public education and economic growth, according to a new analysis by U.S. News.

The ranking included more than 70 metrics aimed at measuring how well states are working on behalf of their residents, according to U.S. News. Weighted most heavily in the analysis was health care quality, access and affordability, followed by the performance of their K-12 schools and higher education systems.

Vermont ranked 11th among the states on health care, eighth on education, 29th on its economy and 28th on infrastructure.

Criteria measured by the study included unemployment rates and gross domestic product growth; the condition of roads, bridges, electricity grids and transit options; and air and water quality.

U.S. News’ data came from both government and private sources, plus proprietary information from a countrywide survey.

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Which States Serve Their Citizens Best?

Rank

State

Health Care

Education

Economy

Infrastructure

Opportunity

Fiscal Stability

Crime Corrections

Natural Environment

1

Washington

4

4

3

2

19

22

15

14

2

New Hampshire

16

5

13

31

1

10

1

4

3

Minnesota

10

17

18

6

3

25

16

3

4

Utah

9

10

2

3

24

5

12

49

5

Vermont

11

8

29

28

10

19

2

7

6

Maryland

8

13

26

21

5

15

22

25

7

Virginia

18

7

25

35

9

8

9

18

8

Massachusetts

2

1

7

44

29

30

4

26

9

Nebraska

27

6

21

9

15

7

24

27

10

Colorado

12

11

1

8

28

29

29

31

11

Wisconsin

14

14

24

30

6

14

30

10

12

New Jersey

6

2

31

34

8

49

6

13

13

Florida

29

3

9

14

38

2

31

21

14

Iowa

20

9

32

23

2

17

19

32

15

North Dakota

38

20

35

5

4

13

18

28

16

Idaho

26

33

6

29

35

11

8

15

17

Georgia

39

30

11

10

21

9

27

20

18

North Carolina

30

25

14

18

36

4

14

36

19

California

7

21

4

32

49

42

23

5

20

South Dakota

32

18

27

16

34

3

40

2

21

Connecticut

3

12

30

46

33

46

7

6

22

Kansas

33

15

36

7

16

35

32

8

23

Delaware

15

23

17

19

23

18

36

47

24

Hawaii

1

29

40

12

46

36

5

16

25

New York

13

22

33

22

47

26

10

24

26

Rhode Island

5

41

20

49

31

31

13

1

27

Oregon

17

36

5

1

43

40

38

30

28

Missouri

41

27

23

25

11

16

44

9

29

Montana

28

26

22

20

42

24

25

22

30

Tennessee

43

35

12

13

26

1

43

37

31

Wyoming

42

16

42

15

22

39

17

17

32

Maine

19

28

37

42

27

28

3

39

33

Michigan

24

37

19

41

14

27

35

29

34

Arizona

23

40

10

11

40

33

42

33

35

Illinois

22

19

41

24

17

50

20

43

36

Indiana

40

24

28

37

12

6

34

48

37

Nevada

31

45

8

4

37

37

39

46

38

Texas

37

34

15

33

39

12

33

40

39

Ohio

35

31

38

27

7

41

28

44

40

Kentucky

44

38

39

26

20

45

11

12

41

Pennsylvania

21

32

44

43

13

38

37

38

42

South Carolina

36

43

16

36

41

20

46

34

43

Oklahoma

47

39

34

39

25

32

41

42

44

Alaska

25

47

46

40

18

48

48

45

45

Arkansas

49

42

43

47

32

21

47

19

46

New Mexico

34

49

47

17

48

47

49

23

47

West Virginia

48

44

50

50

30

34

21

41

48

Mississippi

50

46

48

45

44

44

26

11

49

Alabama

46

50

45

38

45

23

45

35

50

Louisiana

45

48

49

48

50

43

50

50

Source: U.S. News

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