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Minnesota named America's third most "successful" state

Despite the bad news of late, Minnesota still rates as a primo land of prosperity.

Despite the bad news of late, Minnesota still rates as a primo land of prosperity. goodfreephotos.com

Minnesota has taken a beating in the national media lately over our economic divide between black and white. But it appears that, at least in aggregate, we're still doing quite well.

That's the word from Zippia, a career building advice site. It took three basic temperatures -- unemployment, poverty levels, and median household income -- to rank states based on their economic success. 

New Hampshire finished first, courtesy of low unemployment and poverty levels, paired with handsome household incomes. It was followed by Maryland, which benefits from the massive infusions of cash used to bribe the fine men and women of our central government. 

Then came Minnesota, which matches the sixth lowest poverty level with the 10th highest median income.

But the elusiveness of measuring true success was evident in the No. 4 slot.

North Dakota? Really? 

While our neighbor to the northwest swims in oil, it's fair to assert that no real level of success can include having to live in North Dakota, where the official state motto reads: "Can someone point me to the Greyhound depot?"

Rounding out the Top 10 were Hawaii, Wyoming, Alaska, Virginia, Utah, and Massachusetts.