BY MYNORTHWEST STAFF
MARCH 9, 2021 AT 10:57 AM
For the second time in a row, Washington has been ranked by U.S. News as the best state in the entire country.
The list compiles its ranking by weighting a handful of categories, with the Evergreen State receiving high marks in Education (4th), Economy (4th), Infrastructure (3rd), Fiscal Stability (6th), and Health Care (8th).
Despite Washington not ranking as the top state in any single category, “consistency is key,” U.S. News noted, and Washington and Minnesota were the only two states to be in the top 25 across all eight factors considered for the list. Washington found itself closer to the middle of the pack in the Natural Environment (15th), Crime & Corrections (19th), and Opportunity (25th) categories.
Its lower ranking in the Opportunities category was largely driven by “the state’s high living and labor costs,” although its “low-carbon energy system and robust secondary education system continue to rank among the nation’s best.” Seattle’s status as a hub for major tech companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook — each of which employs thousands of workers in the city — was also a boon to Washington’s presence in the top spot.
It’s not just tech that makes Washington a desirable state, though, with the list also pointing to “expansions in the life sciences, clean energy, and space projects,” as well as a strong agricultural industry.
Read the full MyNorthwest article HERE.
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