When it comes to the millennial experience, some states fare better than others.
Georgia, unfortunately, ranked among the worst in personal finance website WalletHub’s 2018 “Best & Worst States for Millennials” study, for which analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five dimensions: affordability, education/health, quality of life, economic health and civic engagement.
Researchers collected data from the U.S. Census, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among other reputable sources and evaluated the five dimensions using data on 30 relevant metrics, including cost of living, share of millennials with a high school diploma, number of insured millennials and millennial unemployment rate.
Of the 50 states and District of Columbia, the District earned top honors, ranking No. 1 in quality of life, civic engagement and education/health.
New Mexico ranked dead last and Georgia came in at No. 41.
Here’s more about how Georgia fared:
- Overall rank: 41
- Affordability: 14
- Education/health: 45
- Quality of life: 31
- Economic health: 46
- Civic engagement: 38
Georgia’s high millennial unemployment rate (No. 49) and low percentage of millennials with health insurance coverage (No. 46) didn’t help.
It’s the state’s second year in a row among the bottom of the ranks, but 2018’s position is a slight improvement from 2017’s No. 43 ranking .
The best and worst states for millennials, according to WalletHub:
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