What are the best states in terms of health care, education, infrastructure, the economy and other metrics?

Washington, New Hampshire and Minnesota take the win, please and show positions, respectively, in a new ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

The bottom-dwellers are Mississippi, Alabama and — drum roll, please –Louisiana.

Visitors frolic at Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head as a backdrop.

Visitors frolic at Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head as a backdrop.

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How does Hawaii Nei fair?

We’re smack in the middle, between No. 23 Delaware and No. 25 New York.

“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,” the accompanying story explains. “Then came state economies, infrastructure, and the opportunity states offer their citizens. Fiscal stability followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of crime and corrections and a state’s natural environment.”

Hawaii ranked best for health care (No. 1, actually) and worst for opportunity (No. 46). Natural environment came in at No. 16.

“Among the islands, the state boasts ocean, beaches, volcanoes and other mountains,” the reports says. “The islands’ daytime temperatures average 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 78 F in the winter.”


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