Florida ranks as 13th-best state, US News says

Ranked No. 2 for fiscal stability

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How high would you rank Florida against other states in the U.S.?

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Sunshine State ranks 13th in the best states rankings published Tuesday.

Washington came in as the No. 1 best state with New Hampshire at No. 2. 

The outlet looked at thousands of data points surrounding health care, education,economy, roads, bridges, internet, public safety, fiscal stability and opportunity for residents. 

Each category had a different weight based on survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education had the highest weight, followed by each state's economies, infrastructure and the opportunities the state offers its citizens. 

Here’s how Florida ranked in each category:

  • Health care: 29
  • Education: 3
  • Economy: 9
  • Infrastructure: 14
  • Opportunity: 38
  • Fiscal Stability: 2
  • Crime & corrections: 31
  • Natural environment: 21

While Florida was ranked No. 3 in education, it was No. 1 for higher education and No. 27 for pre-K through 12th grade. 

Florida also ranked highly in fiscal stability at No. 2, which was broken down into a ranking of No. 3 in long-term fiscal stability and No. 1 for short-term stability. 

Do you agree with how our state was ranked?

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