Washington Named Best State in the West & Top 5 Overall
The Best State Report released today by Us News & World Report listed Washington State as the 5th best state in the country and the highest ranking state in the west! The report was based on multiple variables like government, education, economy, crime, and health care. Washington scored really high in Education, Infrastructure, health care, and government but not so high in crime.
Washington scored highest in infrastructure which took into consideration road and bridge conditions and transit use. Bridge and transit use scored really high but road conditions only ranked 41st of 50 states. One negative that affected the overall score was high housing costs in the area contributing to a lower score for "opportunity". Massachusetts was ranked number one on the list while Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana were the four lowest ranked.