Minnesota was named the third best state in the nation by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday.
The Best States rankings evaluate all 50 states based on criteria such as health care, education, economy and infrastructure. Washington took the top spot with New Hampshire following.
Minnesota is the only state to rank in the top three each of the past three years, coming in second in 2018 and third in 2017, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
“Minnesota’s success is not by chance,” Gov. Tim Walz said in response to the online news magazine’s ranking. “Our investments in education, health care, and community prosperity make Minnesota a great place to live, work, and raise a family — but we can still do better. I’m committed to working together to make life even better for all Minnesotans, and continuing to invest in the things that make Minnesota one of the best states in the country.”
Minnesota excelled particularly in natural environment (No. 3) and opportunity (No. 3) and scored lowest on fiscal stability (No. 25) and economy (No. 18).
Among neighboring states, Wisconsin was 11th, while Iowa was 14th; North Dakota and South Dakota came in 15th and 20th, respectively.
The full rankings are available at www.usnews.com.