North Dakota came in at No. 4 while Colorado ranked tenth to make the top 10 states in the country, according to a ranking recently released by U.S. News & World Report.
The magazine states it used “thousands of data points” to rank the 50 states in its “Best States” article.
“More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came state economies, the opportunity states offer their citizens and infrastructure. Crime & corrections followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of government fiscal stability and people’s quality of life,” according to the magazine story.
Montana neighbors fared well in the state ranking, with Idaho at No. 12, South Dakota at No. 14 and Wyoming at No. 21.
Montana came in at No. 27.