Bay State slips in U.S. News ranking of states

State House News Service
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Massachusetts, feted last year as the best state in the union per U.S. News & World Report, this year has dropped to eighth on the list of “best states.”

In the new list, Massachusetts is not even the best state in New England, an honor that this year goes to New Hampshire.

Massachusetts was surpassed in this year’s rankings based on more than 75 metrics by, in order, Iowa, Minnesota, Utah, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Washington and Nebraska. Vermont and Colorado round out this year’s top 10.

In 2017, the Bay State’s supreme billing was propelled by a number one ranking in education and number two in health care, two metrics that were given the most weight by analysts at U.S. News & World Report based on a survey of what matters most to people.

Massachusetts held on to the top ranking in education but slipped to fifth in health care - Iowa was third in health care, behind Hawaii and Washington.

The state also landed near the bottom of the state rankings for affordability (47th), infrastructure (45th), transportation (42nd), and fiscal stability (40th). The quality of life in Massachusetts was rated in the middle of the pack, 25th.