The smarty-pants at U.S. News & World Report have analyzed the data, crunched the numbers, and determined which states are the over all best in America for 2021.

They looked at more than seventy metrics like health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime & corrections, and the natural environment of each state to determine the 2021 rankings.

We've got some work to do Minnesota. We let Washington beat us out for the top spot. 😊

Top Ten 2021 Best State Rankings

  1. Washington
  2. Minnesota
  3. Utah
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Idaho
  6. Nebraska
  7. Virginia
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Florida

As far as our neighbors, listed above Wisconsin comes in at eighth. Iowa sits at #12, followed by North Dakota at #14 and South Dakota #15.

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Here's how Minnesota ranked by category compared to other states:

  • Health Care: 16th
  • Education: 17th
  • Economy: 15th
  • Infrastructure: 9th
  • Opportunity: 2nd
  • Fiscal Stability: 21st
  • Crime & Corrections: 15th
  • Natural Environment: 10th

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.

You can see the entire Best States Rankings along with the methodology used in the rankings by U.S. News & World Report HERE.

The Bottom Ten 2021 State Rankings

  • #41 - Kentucky
  • #42 - South Carolina
  • #43 - Oklahoma
  • #44 - Arkansas
  • #45 - Alaska
  • #46 - Alabama
  • #47 - West Virginia
  • #48 - New Mexico
  • #49 - Mississippi
  • #50 - Louisiana

In general, it looks like the Midwest is a great place to live (we knew that), and there's no place like home in Minnesota (we knew that too).

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