WI ranks among top states in US, new analysis says

According to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report, Wisconsin ranks 17th when it comes to meeting the needs of its citizens.

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WISCONSIN – A new ranking from U.S. News & World Report places Wisconsin 17th in meeting the needs of its citizens.

The rankings, released Tuesday, measure how well states serve their residents based on 70 metrics in eight categories: the economy, fiscal stability, education, health care, infrastructure, natural environment, opportunity, and crime and corrections.


The weighting of the categories was based on a survey of what is most important to people, with healthcare and education being weighted most heavily.

Here’s where Wisconsin ranks:

The top 10 states, according to the sixth annual edition of the rankings, are:

  1. Utah
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Nebraska
  4. Minnesota
  5. Idaho
  6. Iowa
  7. Vermont
  8. Washington
  9. Florida
  10. Massachusetts

The lowest ranked state is Louisiana. Other states that rank among the lowest include New Mexico, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alaska, Alabama and Oklahoma.

Read more about the Best States methodology.