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Is Georgia one of the top 10 states in the country? Not even close, study finds

Not a single southern state is listed among the best 10 states in the nation, Georgia included.

In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever best states ranking, Georgia doesn’t even crack the top 30.

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The best state in the country, according to U.S. News, is Massachusetts. The New England state ranked in the top five for health care, education and economy.

Louisiana ranked last overall and last in the crime category.

To come up with the list, analysts studied 68 metrics across seven categories including health care, education, infrastructure, crime, opportunity, economy and government.

Data was pulled from McKinsey & Company’s Leading States Index to create a state-by-state comparison of index scores for each metric, which were ultimately calculated into weighted averages.

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Analysts also examined government data from agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau  and consulted with experts in each category. The metrics were pulled from 2013 or later.

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Here’s how Georgia (No. 36) fared across the seven categories:

Health care: No. 38

Education: No. 37

Crime & Corrections: No. 35

Infrastructure: No. 27

Opportunity: No. 41

Economy: No. 14

Government: No. 15

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Here are the top 10 best states, according to U.S. News:

1. Massachusetts

2. New Hampshire

3. Minnesota

4. North Dakota

5. Washington

6. Iowa

7. Utah

8. Maryland

9. Colorado

10. Vermont

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