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Saturday, February 01, 2014
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Massachusetts Ranked 5th Overall Best State in Nation

Massachusetts is one of the “best states” in the nation in a new comprehensive ranking of health, wealth, and education.

Overall, New England leads in the state-by-state comparison by Politico, which averages 14 different quality of life indicators and pegs Massachusetts 5th.

Read more about what makes MA the 5th best--and where other states fall--HERE.

  • Overall Rankings

    6. Maine (National Rank: 41)
    5. Vermont (National Rank: 32)
    4. Rhode Island (National Rank: 28)
    3. Connecticut (National Rank: 24)
    2. Massachusetts (National Rank: 19)
    1. New Hampshire (National Rank: 1)
     
  • Wealthiest Per Capita

    6. Maine: $26,464 (National Rank: 28)
    5. Vermont: $28,846 (National Rank: 19)
    4. Rhode Island: $30,005 (National Rank: 13)
    3. New Hampshire: $32,758 (National Rank: 7)
    2. Massachusetts: $35,485 (National Rank: 5)
    1. Connecticut: $37,807 (National Rank: 2)

    Source: U.S. Census

     
  • Lowest Unemployment Rate

    6. Rhode Island: 9.0 (National Rank: 50)
    5. Connecticut: 7.6 (National Rank: 39)
    4. Massachusetts: 7.1 (National Rank: 30)
    3. Maine: 6.4 (National Rank: 22)
    2. New Hampshire: 5.1 (National Rank: 10)
    1. Vermont: 4.4 (National Rank: 5)

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

     
  • Lowest Poverty Rate

    6. Maine: 13.3 (National Rank: 23)
    5. Rhode Island: 13.2 (National Rank: 21)
    4. Vermont: 11.6 (National Rank: 12)
    3. Massachusetts: 11 (National Rank: 7)
    2. Connecticut: 10 (National Rank: 5)
    1. New Hampshire: 8.4 (National Rank: 1)

    Source: U.S. Census

     
  • Highest Home Ownership Rate

    6. Massachusetts: 41.6 (National Rank: 51)
    5. Rhode Island: 61.2 (National Rank: 45)
    4. Connecticut: 68.3 (National Rank: 24)
    3. Vermont: 71.2 (National Rank: 8)
    2. New Hampshire 72.0 (National Rank: 7)
    1. Maine: 72.1 (National Rank: 6)

    Source: U.S. Census

     
  • Highest Percentage of High School Graduates

    6. Rhode Island: 84.8 (National Rank: 37)
    5. Connecticut: 89 (National Rank: 20)
    4. Massachusetts: 89.1 (National Rank: 19)
    3. Maine: 90.6 (National Rank: 8)
    2. Vermont: 91.3 (National Rank: 6)
    1. New Hampshire: 91.4 (National Rank: 5)

    Source: U.S. Census

     
  • Longest Life Expectancy

    6. Maine: 79.2 (National Rank: 23)
    5. Rhode Island: 79.9 (National Rank: 13)
    4. New Hampshire: 80.3 (National Rank: 8)
    2. Vermont: 80.5 Year (National Rank: 5)
    2. Massachusetts: 80.5 years (National Rank: 5)
    1. Connecticut: 80.8 years (National Rank: 3)

    Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

     
  • Lowest Infant Mortality Rate

    6. Rhode Island: 6.5 (National Rank: 21)
    5. Connecticut: 6.3 (National Rank: 19)
    4. Maine 6.0 (National Rank: 14)
    2. New Hampshire: 5.1 (National Rank: 4)
    2. Vermont: 5.1 (National Rank: 4)
    1. Massachusetts: 4.9 (National Rank: 1)

    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

     
  • Lowest Obesity Rate

    6. Maine: 27.5 (National Rank: 31)
    5. Vermont: 25.7 (National Rank: 20)
    4. New Hampshire: 25.1 (National Rank: 17)
    3. Rhode Island: 24.3 (National Rank: 8)
    2. Connecticut: 22.7 (National Rank: 4)
    1. Massachusetts: 21.5 (National Rank: 2)

    Source: Gallup “State of the States”

     
  • Highest Reported Wellbeing

    6. Rhode Island: 65.5 (National Rank: 37)
    5. Maine: 67.3 (National Rank: 20)
    4. Connecticut: 67.6 (National Rank: 16)
    3. Massachusetts: 68.1 (National Rank: 9)
    2. New Hampshire: 68.4 (National Rank: 8)
    1. Vermont: 68.8 (National Rank: 5)

    Source: Gallup “State of the States”

     
  • Highest Math Scores

    6. Rhode Island: 278 (National Rank: 36)
    5. Maine: 286 (National Rank: 19)
    4. Connecticut: 289 (National Rank: 10)
    3. New Hampshire: 292 (National Rank: 7)
    2. Vermont: 293 (National Rank: 4)
    1. Massachusetts: 200 (National Rank: 1)

    Source: National Center for Education Statistics

    Note: Based on 8th grade math scores

     
  • Highest Reading Scores

    6. Rhode Island: 258 (National Rank: 39)
    5. Connecticut: 267 (National Rank: 12)
    4. New Hampshire: 270 (National Rank: 4)
    4. Maine: 270 (National Rank: 4)
    1. Vermont: 273 (National Rank: 1)
    1. Massachusetts: 273 (National Rank: 1)

    Source: National Center for Education Statistics

    Note: Based on 8th grade math scores

     
  • Least Income Inequality

    6. Connecticut: 0.4915 (National Rank: 49)
    5. Massachusetts: 0.4813 (National Rank: 44)
    4. Rhode Island: 0.4647 (National Rank: 32)
    3. Maine: 0.445 (National Rank: 15)
    2. Vermont: 0.4392 (National Rank: 11)
    1. New Hampshire: 0.4298 (National Rank: 5)

    Source: U.S. Census

    Note: Data is based on GINI coefficient

     
  • Lowest Crime Rate

    6. Massachusetts: 405.5 (National Rank: 31)
    5. Connecticut: 283 (National Rank: 19)
    4. Rhode Island: 252.4 (National Rank: 13)
    3. New Hampshire: 187.9 (National Rank: 3)
    2. Vermont 142.6 (National Rank: 2)
    1. Maine 122.7 (National Rank: 1)

    Source: FBI

     
  • Highest Percentage Employed in STEM Jobs

    6. Maine: 4.1 (National Rank: 37)
    5. Rhode Island: 4.4 (National Rank: 32)
    4. Vermont: 5.7 (National Rank: 15)
    3. Connecticut: 6 (National Rank: 11)
    2. New Hampshire: 6.9 (National Rank: 7)
    1. Massachusetts: 7.4 (National Rank: 5)

    Source: U.S. Census

    Note: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)