From staff reports
It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t the worst, either — and in parts, Texas is not so bad, an analysis of the state’s Best States ranking from U.S. News and World Report recently revealed.
The Lone Star State earned the 38th spot overall this year, with bright spots in fiscal stability and economy, ranking in the top 20 for both at 12 and 15, respectively.
But the state was dinged for opportunity and healthcare, as well as natural environment.
In 2018, the state ranked 36th, with top 20 scores in economy and fiscal stability again. But it got a low of 46 when it came to quality of life, and also scored quite low on education and healthcare.
Texas ranked 38th in 2017, too, with a high score of 6 for economy, and a low score of 49 for infrastructure.
“The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens,” the magazine said. “In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety, the fiscal stability of state government, and the opportunity it affords its residents.”
For comparison, Washington state was at the top of the list, with a GDP of $524.323 billion and solid top 25 scores on every metric measured. Louisiana and Alabama were at the bottom of the list.