According to a recent survey done by U.S. News & World Report, Washington ranked best US state in several criteria. These criteria are access to health care, quality of education, the economy as well as professional opportunities. Furthermore, the statistics were conducted using more than 70 metrics and thousands of data points to ultimately narrow it down to eight categories.
The latest factor being the ‘‘quality-of-life’’ factor which referred to pollution and how drinkable water could be. In fact, big world-renowned names such as Amazon, Microsoft and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks were created in this state. Thousands of people were interviewed to determine the ranking.
New Hampshire came in second followed by Minnesota. What does this have to say about Washington state in comparison to other states? Most importantly that it offers workers opportunities for businesses and investments. It gives the chance to innovative and creative people to regroup and become stronger.
Meanwhile, on the other side, southern states such as Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi have been placed at the bottom of the pyramid. This ranking helps to visualize the inequalities that are alarming in the country. In addition, Hawaii was ranked at the top of the scale in terms of health care with an amazing 90% of its residents having health care coverage.
While for education Massachusetts was first. Colorado took home the best result for the economy, while New Hampshire did for the opportunity. What stands out is how northern states seem to be better off than southern states?
Several factors explain this as well as each state’s own late. ‘‘As people are increasingly concerned about income disparities, rising health care costs, gaps in education and crumbling infrastructure, it’s more important than ever to focus on the day-to-day policies that affect people where they live their lives’’ highlights Eric Gertler, executive chairman at U.S. News in his last statement.
Where does your home rank on the list? What are its strengths and weaknesses?