We're (tied for) No. 1! Politico ranks Minnesota as America's best state


Go ahead and brag, even if it's not in your nature. Minnesota has been deemed the best state in the Union, tied with New Hampshire, by Politico magazine.

The ranking, published to coincide with President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday evening, is based on how each state is doing in terms of its unemployment rate, per capita income, education levels and performance, violent crime rates and life expectancy, among other factors.

Last year, the first year the list was compiled, Minnesota was No. 2 behind New Hampshire. But we moved up into a tie because our unemployment, obesity and infant mortality rates all declined over the past year, Politico says.

Rounding out the top five states are Vermont, Utah and Colorado. The bottom five states are all in the South, with Mississippi coming in last (as it did last year), followed by Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama.

Minnesota is tops by far in the Upper Midwest. Here are the rankings for some of our neighbors:

7. Iowa

15. North Dakota

17. Wisconsin

21. South Dakota

If you want to take a deeper dive into the data behind the rankings, it's all posted on Politico.

There are dozens of rankings that come out every year, many of which give Minnesota and/or some of its cities high marks for a variety of things. Here's a sample of some recent ones:

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