What Goes Into the Overall Score?
Health Care 16%
The highest-weighted ranking looks at health care access and affordability, health care quality and health outcomes for citizens.
The education ranking measures how well states educate students in preschool, K-12 and different levels of higher education.
The economy ranking tracks unemployment rates, GDP growth, migration into the state, patents, new businesses and more.
This ranking measures poverty, housing affordability and equality for women, minorities and people with disabilities.
The infrastructure rankings gauge the quality of states’ bridges, public transportation, power grids, broadband and more.
Crime & Corrections 11%
Crime & Corrections ranks states based on public safety and the quality and fairness of their prison systems, including racial bias.
Fiscal Stability 10%
This ranking tracks states’ government credit ratings, liquidity, pension fund liability and budget balancing.
Quality of Life 8%
This new ranking tracks states’ air quality, pollution, voter participation, social support and more.Weights may not add to 100 because of rounding.