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Where Indiana is located in the “Best US States” list



Indiana – According to recent research, the Hoosier State is doing slightly worse than the rest of the US.

The study, which was conducted by US News & World Report, analyzed thousands of data points to compile a list ranking the “Best States” in the country and how well the states “perform for their citizens.”

“Some states shine in health care,” the article reads. “Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more.”

The 90-year-old newspaper examined not only health and education but also a state’s infrastructure, internet availability, public safety, natural environment, fiscal stability, and prospects for its citizens.

So where in the rankings did Indiana come in? 29th out of 50 is just below average.

“More weight was accorded to some categories than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people,” the outlet explained. “Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came state economies, infrastructure, and the opportunity states offer their citizens. Fiscal stability followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of crime and corrections and a state’s natural environment.”

Indiana thus finished lower than more than twenty-five other states, ranking between Maine (28th) and Missouri (30th).

Indiana was classified in the top half of numerous assessed areas, including Opportunity (7th), Education (17th), Crime (22nd), and Fiscal Stability (25th), despite this result.

Nevertheless, the state was burdened by subpar performance in other categories. The state ranked 43rd in the category of health care and 50th in the category of natural environment.

US News and World Report has Indiana on the upswing, even if the state did not rank among the top 25 on their list of the Best States. The Hoosier State placed 32nd in 2021, three places down from 2024.

Utah topped the list of the greatest states, followed by Washington in second place and Idaho in third. Mississippi, Alaska, and Louisiana came in last, ranking 50th, 49th, and 48th, respectively.