Colorado was named the 10th best state by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row, nabbing the No. 1 spot for its economy and the No. 8 spot for its infrastructure.
Results were mixed in other categories, though. Colorado was deemed 31st in natural environment, 29th in crime/corrections and in fiscal stability, 28th in opportunity, 12th in health care and 11th in education.
Colorado also got the top spot for its economy last year and it moved up in categories related to infrastructure, which was ranked 14th last year; education, which was 20th last year; and fiscal stability, ranked 31st last year.
The state’s opportunity and crime/corrections scores remained the same, and its health care score dropped from No. 9 last year. The report swapped out its quality of life category, in which Colorado ranked 10th last year, for a natural environment category.
U.S. News & World Report ratings on cities, universities and other issues are highly regarded as among the most accurate.
The states’ rankings, based on 71 metrics and thousands of data points, “capture how the 50 states best serve their residents across eight main categories,” says a summary of “data-driven insights.” Health care and education are the two most heavily weighted categories.
Here’s a more specific breakdown of where Colorado ranks among the nation for 2019:
1. Crime and corrections: 25th in corrections, 33rd in public safety
2. Economy: fourth in business environment, seventh in growth, second in employment
3. Education: ninth in higher education, 14th in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade
4. Natural environment: 44th in air and water quality, 20th in pollution
5. Fiscal stability: 27th in long-term, 37th in short-term
6.Health care: 29th in access, eighth in public health, seventh in health care quality
7. Infrastructure: 14th in energy, sixth in broadband, 20th in transportation
8. Opportunity: 43rd in affordability and in equality, eighth in economic opportunity
A U.S. News & World Report survey also found that only 27% of people agree their state is doing all it can to help residents prosper. While 53% of people say their state is safe and 47% say their state cares about its residents, only 38% say they think their state government is effective.
Most people — 52% — say they are dissatisfied with the quality of education in their state, while 48% are dissatisfied with the quality of infrastructure and 42% are dissatisfied with the quality of health care, the survey says. People said these were the areas most underfunded by state governments: education (66%), infrastructure (62%) and health care (55%).
For more information about the annual report, visit usnews.com/news/best-states?src=usn_pr.
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