Indiana and Michigan take it on the chin in new livability study

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Map showing the Michigan-Indiana border

A new comparison of all 50 states for overall quality of life for their citizens puts both Michigan and Indiana in the bottom half. But the news isn’t all bad.

The report from US News & World Report used thousands of data points to determine where each state excels or comes up short. The categories were healthcare, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crimes & corrections, and natural environment.

Averaging out the numbers placed Michigan 33rd out of the 50 states, and Indiana finished 36th. Both states finished in the Top 15 for Opportunity, and Indiana was 6th for Fiscal Stability. The overall rankings had Washington at #1, and Louisiana finished last.

The rankings: (out of 50 states)

Michigan: Overall 33rd, Healthcare 24th, Education 37th, Economy 19th, Infrastructure 41st, Opportunity 14th, Fiscal Stability 27th, Crime & Corrections 35th, Natural Environment 29th

Indiana: Overall 36th, Healthcare 40th, Education 24th, Economy 28th, Infrastructure 37th, Opportunity 12th, Fiscal Stability 6th, Crime & Corrections 34th, Natural Environment 48th

The site also delivers a freshly updated menu of reporting and analysis on state trends and developments, making it a must-read source for anyone interested in what’s happening nationally.

The data driving these rankings were drawn from extensive and reliable governmental and private sources as well as proprietary data including a national survey of what matters most to citizens around the country. Among the eight main categories measured in the Best States rankings, more than five dozen subcategories of metrics are taken into account.

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