We’re Number…..34?!

welcome_arizona_4Top 10 would have been great. Top 20 wouldn’t have been as good, but it still would have been a solid ranking. However, a new study by U.S. News & World Report ranks Arizona as #34 in its list of “Best States.”

From Phoenix Business Journal:

Sunshine and mild winters aren’t all it takes to be among the best states, it seems.

A new report and ranking from U.S. News & World places Arizona at the lower end of the best states in the country. Arizona landed at No. 34.

The ranking measures how citizens experience their state, based on more than 10,000 data points and 68 different metrics compiled into seven categories: health care, education, infrastructure, crime & corrections, opportunity, economy, and government.

AzCentral.com put together a short video on the rankings. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.


According to TucsonNewsNow, “Our state’s best categories – 12th in infrastructure, 19th in economy. Our worst – 43rd in education (48th in K-12 education), 39th in crime and corrections.”

Below is a complete list of where our state ranked in the seven major categories. You may notice that we finished at the bottom half of states in five of the seven.


If you would like to dig deeper into the numbers and see what U.S. News & World Report wrote about our state, you can go directly to the Arizona page of the study by clicking here.

We’d love to hear what you think about this new ranking. Are you surprised? Are there any particular areas where you think we fare better than we get credit for? Or do you think we deserve to be ranked down at #34? According to this report, we will have to improve our ranking in a number of areas if we hope to one day reach our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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