Last night President Obama delivered his State of The Union address. Based on his speech, the state of our union is strong. Obviously there are many people who disagree with that, as well as many who completely agree. As is the case with mostly all political nonsense in this country.

There was a study done back in 1931 that ranked the best and worst of the 48 states. At that time they determined that Connecticut and Massachusetts were the “the most fortunate American States,” Yeah! Go New England!

They also came to the conclusion that Mississippi was the WORST American State.

Clearly a lot has changed over the years since that study was done. Or has it?

Political outlet Politico Magazine decided to do their own study to find out where all the states ranked in present day. They used sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, and other important factors such as high school graduation rates, per capita income, life expectancy and crime rate.

Here is the list:

Overall rank (1 = best)

Rank

State Governor

1

New Hampshire Maggie Hassan (D)

2

Minnesota Mark Dayton (D)

3

Vermont Peter Shumlin (D)

4

Utah Gary Herbert (R)

5

Massachusetts Deval Patrick (D)

6

Wyoming Matthew Mead (R)

7

Colorado John Hickenlooper (D)

8

Iowa Terry Branstand (R)

9

Washington Jay Inslee (D)

10

Connecticut Dannel Malloy (D)

11

Nebraska Dave Heineman (R)

12

New Jersey Chris Christie (R)

13

Montana Steve Bullock (D)

14

Maine Paul LePage (R)

15

Virginia Terry McAuliffe (D)

16

North Dakota Jack Dalrymple (R)

17

Hawaii Neil Abercrombie (D)

18

South Dakota Dennis Daugaard (R)

19

Wisconsin Scott Walker (R)

20

Idaho Butch Otter (R)

21

Maryland Martin O’Malley (D)

22

Kansas Sam Brownback (R)

23

Oregon John Kitzhaber (D)

24

Delaware Jack Markell (D)

25

Alaska Sean Parnell (R)

26

Pennsylvania Tom Corbett (R)

27

New York Andrew Cuomo (D)

28

Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee (I)

29

Illinois Pat Quinn (D)

30

California Jerry Brown (D)

31

Missouri Jay Nixon (D)

32

Indiana Mike Pence (R)

33

Arizona Jan Brewer (R)

34

Ohio John Kasich (R)

35

Texas Rick Perry (R)

36

Michigan Rick Snyder (R)

37

Florida Rick Scott (R)

38

New Mexico Susana Martinez (R)

39

North Carolina Pat McCrory (R)

40

Nevada Brian Sandoval (R)

41

Oklahoma Mary Fallin (R)

42

Georgia Nathan Deal (R)

43

West Virginia Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

44

Kentucky Steve Beshear (D)

45

South Carolina Nikki Haley (R)

46

District of Columbia (tie) Vincent Gray (D, mayor)

47

Alabama Robert Bentley (R)

48

Tennessee Bill Haslam (R)

49

Arkansas Mike Beebe (D)

50

Louisiana Bobby Jindal (R)

51

Mississippi Phil Bryant (R)

 

 

New England still well represented 81 years later! Connecticut coming in at 10, Massachusetts at 5, and New Hampshire taking the top spot.

 

via politico.com

 

 

 

 

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