Wisconsin ranks 11th on Best States list for second year in a row

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is the 11th best state in the country, according to rankings from U.S. News

The study used eight qualifications to determine their standing: Health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections and natural environment. 

The Dairy State ranked in the top 10 for opportunity and natural environment.

The state's lowest categories were crime and corrections and infrastructure. In both categories the state was ranked 30th. 

"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," the new release said about the study. "Then came state economies, infrastructure, and the opportunity states offer their citizens. Fiscal stability followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of crime & corrections and a state's natural environment."

Following is the full list of states in order of ranking: 

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

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