Minnesota Named #2 Best State in the Nation
MN moved up from a #3 ranking last year; study cites low poverty rates, employment equality, and overall quality of life as top factors.
ST. PAUL, Minn – Citing quality of life and opportunities available in Minnesota, U.S. News and World Report today released a new study naming Minnesota the #2 Best State in the Nation. Last year, Minnesota ranked #3 in the same national study. In addition to ranking #2 overall, Minnesota also ranked in the top 10 for quality of life (#2), opportunity (#3), infrastructure (#6), and health care (#7), and is the home of some of the lowest poverty rates in the country, along with the most employment equality between women and men.
“This study reaffirms what Minnesotans have always known: our state is one of the very best places in the country to live, work, and raise a family,” said Governor Mark Dayton.
In addition to its overall ranking, Minnesota scores in the top three for lower incarceration rates and food insecurity, and among the top three for highest health insurance enrollment, labor force participation, adult dental visits, and math scores in the nation.
Additional information is available on the U.S. News and World Report website.