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March 9, 2021

Washington is the Best State in the U.S., Says 2021 Best States Rankings

Americans divided on whether their state is handling the COVID-19 pandemic well, a U.S. News survey found.

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WASHINGTON DC, March 9, 2021 — Washington State is the Best State in the country, according to the 2021 U.S. News Best States rankings. U.S. News & World Report, a global authority in rankings and civic journalism, evaluated all 50 states across various categories to capture how they best serve their citizens. Washington is among the top 10 states in the infrastructure, education, economy, fiscal stability, and health care categories.

“I am so happy for the people of Washington to take home this honor for the second time in three years because it takes all 7.6 million of us to make this state the dynamic place it truly is,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Washingtonians are motivated to lead and innovate in all aspects of our society, in labor, business, education, health, and so much more. It was that same spirit that helped us bounce back from being the first state in the nation hit by COVID-19, and we are on our way to a robust recovery because of our unique attributes.”

Key Findings in the 2021 Best States Rankings:

“The COVID-19 pandemic and evolving social climate of the past year have made a host of critical issues top of mind for Americans. The issues include access to adequate health care and quality education to economic stability and public safety,” says Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “The 2021 Best States report combines data-driven journalism and rankings to help citizens, business leaders, and policymakers see where states stack up on key benchmarks - so that states can learn from each other and target areas for improvement.”

The Best States rankings are the centerpiece of the U.S. News Best States portal, a platform combining analysis, daily reporting, historical information, and photos on state issues. The interactive Data Explorer tool allows citizens and government leaders to draw comparisons between their states and others through more than 100,000 charts. Best States is part of U.S. News’s expanding civic journalism portfolio, including the Best Countries report, Healthiest Communities project, and Cities initiative, the company elaborated.

2021 Best States Rankings

Overall - Top 25

  1. Washington
  2. Minnesota
  3. Utah
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Idaho
  6. Nebraska
  7. Virginia
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Florida
  11. Vermont
  12. Iowa
  13. North Carolina
  14. North Dakota
  15. South Dakota
  16. Colorado
  17. Maryland
  18. Georgia
  19. New Jersey
  20. Connecticut
  21. New York
  22. Oregon
  23. Delaware
  24. California
  25. Hawaii

Crime & Corrections

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont


  1. Utah
  2. Colorado
  3. Idaho


  1. New Jersey
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Florida


  1. Hawaii
  2. New Hampshire
  3. South Dakota

Fiscal Stability

  1. Alaska
  2. South Dakota
  3. Tennessee

Health Care

  1. Hawaii
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut


  1. Nevada
  2. Oregon
  3. Washington


  1. Iowa
  2. Minnesota
  3. New Hampshire

U.S. News & World Report is a global leader in quality rankings that help people make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and News, provides consumer advice, rankings, and analysis to serve people making complex decisions. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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