Utah named best state in new rankings

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Utah took the top spot in U.S. News & World Report's Best States rankings.

This is the second year in a row that Utah has been ranked the best state in the country. The outlet cites the Beehive State's high scores in five categories for its success.

According to U.S. News & World Report, Utah was the second best state in education and the third best state in business and infrastructure.

The U.S. News & World Report Best States Ranking evaluates states based on their performance in health care, education, natural environment, opportunity, economy, infrastructure, financial stability, and crime and corrections.

“The analysis includes thousands of data points across 71 metrics in eight categories to capture how the 50 states serve their residents,” the media said in a press release.

New Hampshire came in second in the ranking of best states after coming in sixth last year.

According to U.S. News & World Report, Washington state ranked second last year, but fell to eighth place, possibly due to methodological changes.

“Shifts in the rankings should be interpreted with caution,” the media said in a statement.

Nebraska and Minnesota ranked third and fourth this year.

Here are the top 10 states according to US News & World Report:

  1. Utah

  1. New Hampshire

  1. Nebraska

  1. Minnesota

  1. Idaho

  1. Iowa

  1. Vermont

  1. Washington

  1. Florida

  1. Massachusetts

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