Minnesota named second strongest state in America
Minnesota is the second-best state in the country, according to the 2018 Best States study from US News and World Report. They evaluated all 50 states on a range of criteria, from education and health care to infrastructure and the economy, to capture how states best serve their citizens. Last year Minnesota was named third; this year we moved up in the ranking to number two. A number of benchmarks brought Minnesota to the top States in the Union, including having a high quality of life and opportunity for our citizens. High quality of life looked at metrics such as clean drinking water, pollution, voter participation, and community engagement. Opportunity looked at metrics such as education and income inequality. Other important benchmarks Minnesota scored well on include a high median income, strong homeownership rate, and high high school graduation rates.