Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware ranked in new study

PENNSYLVANIAWe all think our state deserves to be the best, but do the statistics match our hometown pride?

U.S. News & World just ranked all 50 states in its 2024 Best State Rankings, and Delaware Valley’s rankings may surprise you.

Evaluated based on crime and corrections, economics, education, health care and more; Here’s how Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware fared:


The number 40 spot goes to Pennsylvania!

“Pennsylvania was one of the nation’s leading industrial centers for coal, steel and railroads, especially before World War II. The state today is one of the largest producers of canned fruit and vegetable specialties, chocolate and cocoa products, chips and pretzels, and is home to the ‘Snack Food Capital of the World’.

New Jersey

The Garden State took the top spot in the Delaware Valley at No. 14:

“Home to native musical legends like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston, New Jersey is not only known for producing popular hitmakers. It has world-class universities, leading technology and biological science companies and a rapid toll .”


Drop a few spots and you’ll find Delaware at number 21:

Known as the First State, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution in 1787. Located along the Atlantic coast, Delaware is only 96 miles long and 63 miles wide and has only three counties: New Castle, Kent and Sussex .”

Top 10 Best States

  1. Utah

  2. New Hampshire

  3. Nebraska

  4. Minnesota

  5. Idaho

  6. Iowa

  7. Vermont

  8. Washington

  9. Florida

  10. Massachusetts