3 Midwest States Rank Among Best in U.S. – But Not Illinois

The ranking looked at health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections and natural environment

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Illinois may not be one of the best states in the U.S., according to a new report, but it appears not one but three neighboring states are.

In the latest Best States ranking by U.S. News & World Report, Illinois ranked among the bottom half of the list, coming in at no. 35, just one spot above its neighbor Indiana.

The ranking looked at health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections and natural environment.

Illinois ranked lowest in fiscal stability, economy and natural environment, which includes air and water quality and pollution, according to the report. The highest rankings the state received were in opportunity, education, and crime and corrections.

The top state on the list was Washington, followed by New Hampshire and Minnesota, respectively.

Minnesota ranked highest for its natural environment, opportunity and infrastructure.

Also ranking in the top half of the list was Wisconsin, which came in at no. 11 thanks to high rankings in opportunity and natural environment. Iowa was listed at no. 14 with high points for opportunity and education.

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