New study ranks Washington as best state in US

New study ranks Washington as best state in US

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A new study from U.S. News & World report ranks Washington state as the best state in the U.S.

Each state was evaluated on eight categories: health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fisacal stability, crime and corrections and natural environment – in order of importance to the rankings.

Washington's highest marks came in infrastructure (second), while the lowest ranking came in fiscal stability (22nd).

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"More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people," officials said.

Washington finished sixth in the 2018 rankings and fifth in the 2017 rankings.

The top 10 are as follows: Washington, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Colorado.

The bottom 10 are as follows: Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Alaska, Arkansas, New Mexico, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

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