Washington and Oregon among best states to live, according to survey

Portland skyline from the east waterfront on August 31, 2020. Photo by Tristan Fortsch

SEATTLE, Wash. – A new survey determined that Washington is the best state to live in the United States in 2021. Oregon ranked 22nd.

According U.S. News & World Report, The factors they used to determine the state rankings were the economy, fiscal stability, health care, infrastructure, and education.

The data were based on a total of 71 parameters in eight categories.

This is the second year that the state of Washington has been included in the list.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee expressed his pride that his state ranked first overall.

“It takes the 7.6 million of us to make Washington a special and dynamic place to live,” Inslee tweeted.

Minnesota ranked second and Utah came in third.

The top 10 states include:

1. Washington

2. Minnesota

3. Utah

4. New Hampshire

5. Idaho

6. Nebraska

7. Virginia

8. Wisconsin

9. Massachusetts

10. Florida

At the bottom of the list was Louisiana, which ranked 50th. Mississippi and New Mexico scored slightly higher.

The bottom ten states included:

50. Louisiana

49. Mississippi

48. New Mexico

47. Virginia Occidental

46. Alabama

45. Alaska

44. Arkansas

43. Oklahoma

42. South Carolina

41. Kentucky

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