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Georgia climbs again in annual ranking of best states

Peach State bolstered by good showing in infrastructure and fiscal stability

Not all states were created equal. 

Some are large. Some are greener than most. Some have lower crime rates or better opportunities.

So how can you tell which is best? 

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U.S. News and World Report used more than 70 metrics in eight categories to compare all 50 states and rank them accordingly.

The categories — health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections, and natural environment — were weighted, based on a survey of what means more to people.

Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Natural environment was weighted the least. Each state received a ranking in each category, then an overall position.

Washington took home the trophy, and Louisiana brought up the rear. 

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Georgia finished No. 17, which is a subtantial climb from No. 32 in 2018 and No. 36 in 2017. Here’s how the state finished in each category:

  • Health care: 39
  • Education: 30
  • Economy: 11
  • Infrastructure: 10
  • Oppotunity: 21
  • Fiscal stability: 9
  • Crime and corrections: 27
  • Natural environment: 20

In 2017, Georgia fell into the bottom half in all but two categories — economy and government — and ranked 14 and 15, respectively, in those.

You can read the full report here and the methodology here.

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