State Rankings And The Politics Behind Them


Recently the U.S. News and World Report evaluated all 50 states in healthcare, economy, education, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and environment. With that data they ranked the states. Whenever statistical data comes out about states I often wonder if politics has a significant effect on the results. Due to the depth and diversity of the statistics in this particular study I thought it would be worth the research time involved to see how these states match up with the political power that controls them. I’m not offering any political statement. I’m just showing the results of my research. You can draw your own conclusions.

The following statistics were based on conservative or progressive leaning states determined by each state’s Governor, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, and 2016 Presidential vote.

1.   The top ten ranked states have a 63-37% progressive advantage

2.   The bottom ten ranked states have an 88-12% conservative advantage

3.   In states with total progressive control the average ranking is 16.6

4.   In states with total conservative control the average ranking is 29.5

5.   In states with a progressive majority control (including total) the average ranking is 19.5

6.   In states with a conservative majority control (including total) the average ranking is 30.4