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Wisconsin just misses Top 10 on US News & World Report's best states list

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Wisconsin just misses Top 10 on US News & World Report's best states list
Posted at 8:02 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 12:33:20-05

The beloved Badger State ranked the 11th best state in the country, according to a study.

U.S. News and McKinsey & Company's Best States Rankings released a complete list ranking US states with Milwaukee as number 11. Iowa ranked as the best state and Louisiana ranked as the worst.

The overall rankings were given based on each state's rankings in various categories.

Wisconsin's scores in the study's categories:

  • Health Care: 17
  • Education: 18
  • Economy: 27
  • Opportunity: 8
  • Infrastructure: 26
  • Crime & Corrections: 22
  • Fiscal Stability: 19
  • Quality of Life: 3

The categories were weighted differently, based on importance. For example, health care was weighted heavier than quality of life. Even though Wisconsin ranked 3rd in quality of life, a category that considered a state's natural and social environment, it didn't help the overall ranking too much since it was the least important category.

Wisconsin's worst score was in Economy, where the state ranked 27th. This category considered growth, employment, and business environment. Wisconsin ranked 27th in Infrastructure, which consisted of a state's energy, internet access, and transportation.

There are areas Wisconsin could approve its rankings in, but compared to all 50 states, the Badger State ranked better than most.