US News and World Report’s Best States Rankings
Recently U.S. News and World Report along with McKinsey & Company released their #BestStatesReport and Washington is #5 w/ our neighbors to the south Oregon at #19 — sorry guys, looks like we win this time 🏆 😎 🎉
Before we get into how Awesome Washington is…
here’s a little about how the states were graded.
The overall Best State ranking from U.S. News & World Report shows how each of the 50 U.S. states ranks in 68 metrics across seven categories. The data behind the rankings were based on McKinsey & Company’s Leading States Index.
In calculating the rankings, each of the seven categories were assigned weightings based on a national survey that asked people to prioritize each subject in their state:
Note: Weights don’t add to 100 due to rounding.
About Washington State
The United States completed its second transcontinental railroad in 1883, fulfilling its Manifest Destiny and shuttling more people to explore opportunities on the West Coast. Washington saw a population surge in the late 1800s as Americans arrived by the trainful, and as the territory became the “gateway to the gold fields” during the Klondike Gold Rush. Washington, the only state named after a U.S. president, gained its statehood in 1889.
The Evergreen State is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with its geological diversity, ranging from mountains to deserts, rainforests and a Pacific coastline. It offers the Olympic Mountains, the San Juan Islands and the nation’s highest peak in the Lower 48 at Mount Rainier.
In addition to its scenic treasures, Washington is known as the birthplace of Starbucks coffee, The Boeing Co., and Microsoft Corp. Because of its coastal location, Washington is a key exporter for the U.S., particularly for transportation equipment. Additionally, Washington is crucial to the nation’s food and agriculture industry, generating 70 percent of the country’s apples, and also leading in wheat, milk and potato production.
The state’s median household income, $64,129 in 2015, was above the national average of $55,755. The unemployment rate was slightly below the national average.
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