US News & World Report has published their analysis of the best states in the USA with rankings for healthcare delivery, education, overall economy among other indicators of a state’s well being.
U.S. News and McKinsey used the most recent data available as of Dec. 22, 2016. This report is updated annually.
This makes for an interesting study. Here’s the link to the entire report, US News Best States.
The following is from the home page which explains the states’ rankings, with the list of the top 10 states.
Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. 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, the opportunity it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and infrastructure, its public safety and the integrity and health of state government.
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 the opportunity states offer their citizens, their crime & corrections and infrastructure. State economies followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of government administration. This explains why Massachusetts, ranking No. 1 in education and No. 2 in health care, occupies the overall No. 1 spot in the Best States rankings. And it explains why New Hampshire, ranking No. 1 in opportunity for its citizens, ranks No. 2 overall in the Best States rankings.
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Of the these top 10 states, North Dakota and Utah are solidly in the republican camp. Colorado is a purple state where both republican and democratic candidates win elections. The remaining 7 range from leaning democratic to being solidly in the democratic camp.