US News ranks Florida 13th best state to live

Florida was ranked the 13th 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. Louisiana placed last.

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.

Florida ranked 29th among the states on health care, third on education, ninth on its economy and 14th on infrastructure.

By comparison, Louisiana ranked 45th on health care, 48th on education, 49th on its economy and 48th 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.



50-state ranking

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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