Fueled by its outstanding healthcare and education, Massachusetts was named today the best state of all. That's according to U.S. News and World Report which ranked all 50 states on criteria such as economic opportunity, crime, infrastructure and government.
The number-one ranking prompted Republican Governor Charlie Baker to eschew his typical-favorite local media and appear on a national news program to tout the Bay State's strengths.
Massachusetts placed number one in education and number two in healthcare, oddly after Hawaii. But it's low placement in "Opportunity" and the "Economy" due to high housing costs and income inequality took some of the luster off the top ranking placement. Analysts weighted healthcare and education to give the Commonwealth its top ranking.
To see the complete list, click here. And to see the ranking for each individual category, simply click on the arrow next to the category title at the top of the chart.