- By Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Iowans earned major bragging rights this week after their state was recognized as the best in the nation.
That’s according to U.S. News & World Report’s official 2018 Best States ranking, for which analysts compared the 50 states across seven categories: health care; education; economy; opportunity; infrastructure; crime and corrections; fiscal stability; and quality of life.
Health care and education carried the most weight at 16 percent each.
Data used for the analysis were drawn from reliable governmental and private resources, as well as a national survey of what matters most to citizens around the U.S.
Iowa ranked in the top five in four different categories, including health care (3), education (5), opportunity (4) and infrastructure (1).
For the second straight year, Louisiana was ranked last.
4. North Dakota
5. New Hampshire
Other notable rankings:
23. North Carolina
25. New York
42. South Carolina