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Minnesota is the No. 2 best state in 2021 rankings

A report by U.S. News and World Report ranked Minnesota second only to Washington.

Minnesota is the second best state in the country, according to a Tuesday ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

Minnesota ranks only behind Washington, which is first in the country for the second year in a row. The annual ranking is based on data from 71 metrics and eight categories.

Healthcare and education categories were most heavily weighted, while the ranking also took into consideration factors like economies, opportunity, crime, infrastructure and environment. Category weighting comes from an annual survey asking people to prioritize each category. 

Minnesota ranked 16th in healthcare and 17th in education. The state’s highest ranking was in opportunity, placing second.

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Minnesota has also ranked near the top of the list in previous years, at third in 2019 and second in 2018.

The neighboring state closest to Minnesota in ranking was Wisconsin in eighth. Iowa was 12th, North Dakota was 15th and South Dakota was 20th.

U.S. News and World Report also took a look at how COVID-19 impacted state economies in this year’s report. It notes factors like unemployment varied widely from state to state.

According to the report, Nevada had an unemployment rate in April of 28.2% compared to 8.1% in Minnesota. 

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