Hawaii falls in the middle of the pack on US News ‘best states’ ranking

Hawaii falls in the middle of the pack on US News ‘best states’ ranking
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii might be tops for lots of us, but the latest U.S. News and World Report has a less favorable view.

In its latest “best states” ranking, the magazine put Hawaii 24th out of the 50 states for how its providing key services and opportunities for its citizens.

So, not the best. Not the worst. But in the middle.

Hawaii fell in the rankings from last year, when it was in the no. 17 spot. And it got especially poor marks for “opportunity" and “economy.”

That “opportunity” ranking ― which put Hawaii 46th in the nation ― includes a consideration of affordability (for which the islands ranked dead last in the nation) and economic opportunity (for which it ranked first).

Meanwhile, Hawaii ranked first in the nation for its health care metrics, and it took the no. 5 spot for crime and corrections.

To be sure, ranking the “best states” to live seems like a pretty subjective endeavor.

But U.S. News & World Report has done it for years ― comparing states based on dozens of metrics across health care, education, the economy, opportunity and the natural environment.

The ranking, they contend, might not cover everything but it covers a lot.

“Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both ― or in much more,” the magazine says, in its introduction to the ranking.

“The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens.”

The “best state,” according to the ranking, is Washington. New Hampshire and Minnesota round out the top three.

At the bottom of the list: Louisiana, which also ranked dead last or near it on a number of metrics.

Alabama was 49th on the list, while Mississippi was 48th.

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