Wisconsin Rises in ‘Best States’ Ranking
The state of Wisconsin was recently recognized for its overall quality of life by in the publication’s second-annual “Best States” list. Wisconsin ranked as the 11 best state in the U.S. Improving from 16th in last year and outranking states like New York 25th, and Illinois 35th.
The quality of life category was added to the U.S. News and World Report criteria in an effort to factor in the natural and social environment in a state, including things like drinking water quality, pollution, voter participation and community engagement. The state of Wisconsin ranked 3 among all U.S. states for the new metric.
This year’s rankings are based on tens of thousands of data points and 77 different metrics. In calculating the rankings, categories were assigned weighting based on two years of data from an annual national survey of more than 30,000 people, who were asked to prioritize each subject in their state. According to U.S. News, health care and education were the most heavily weighted factors.