Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

Minnesota Ranked 3rd Best State

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Minnesota as the 3rd best state in the nation. The report cites Minnesota’s economic opportunities, education and quality of health care as factors also ranking Minnesota as the #1 state in the region.

“This ranking affirms what we already know: we live in one of the very best states in the country”
– Governor Mark Dayton.

Category National Ranking Regional Ranking
Opportunity 2 1
Infrastructure 5 1
Health Care 3 1
Education 11 1
Economy 12 2
Crime and Corrections 17 3
Government Administration 24 5

The data driving these rankings were drawn from extensive and reliable governmental and private sources as well as proprietary data including a national survey of what matters most to citizens around the country. Among the seven main categories measured in the Best States rankings, more than five dozen subcategories of metrics are taken into account. – U.S. News