Minnesota is second-best state to live in, according to Politico


Minnesota is second only to New Hampshire in terms of the best states to live in, according to a list put together by Politico's Margaret Slattery.

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Slattery's list "rounded up 14 different state rankings from reputable sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI, and on important factors such as high school graduation rates, per capita income, life expectancy and crime rate."

She then averaged out the rankings to put together her list.

An email sent to Slattery seeking more details about her methodology wasn't returned.

:::: UPDATE :::: DFL takes credit for Minnesota being named second-best state


Here's where Minnesota clocked in for each of Slattery's 14 criteria:

Per-capita wealth: 12th ($30,656)

Lowest unemployment: 9th (4.6 percent)

Lowest poverty rates: 10th (11.2 percent)

Highest home ownership: 2nd (73 percent)

Highest percentage of high school grads: 2nd (91.9 percent)

Longest life expectancy: 2nd (81.1 years)

Lowest infant mortality rate: 10th (5.6 percent)

Lowest obesity rate: 13th (24.7 percent)

Highest reported well-being: 3rd (68.9 percent)

Highest math scores according to eighth grade test scores: 3rd (294)

Highest reading scores according to eighth grade test scores: 8th (268)

Least income inequality: 14th (GINI coefficient of 0.4441)

Lowest crime rate: 9th (230.9)

Highest percentage employed in STEM jobs: 11th (6 percent)


To see the full ranking of the 50 states, plus D.C., click to page two.


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