Virginia ranks No. 7 on ‘best states’ list

Virginia ranks No. 7 on ‘best states’ list
Virginia Beach. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you’re looking for a better place to live than Virginia, there aren’t many options.

Virginia ranked No. 7 on the “best states” list, according to an analysis by U.S. News and World Report.

The analysis ranked states based on healthcare, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal responsibility, crime and natural environment.

The commonwealth was in the top 10 in four of those rankings and outside the top half in only one – infrastructure (35).

Virginia was seventh in education, eighth in fiscal stability and ninth in opportunity and crime.

Mountains in Virginia.
Mountains in Virginia. (Source: NBC12)

In the same analysis, Virginia ranked No. 20 in 2018 and No. 11 in 2017.

The top five were Washington, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah and Vermont.

Virginia ranked ahead of all of its neighboring states, except one: Maryland ranked No. 6.

Other neighboring states did not fare as well. North Carolina is No. 18, Tennessee is No. 30 and West Virginia is No. 47. Washington, DC, was not part of the analysis.

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