The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50

Someone needs to tell Steve Mensing that NC out scored Wisconsin!

24/7 Wall St.

127033668How well run is your state? Assessing a state’s management quality is hardly easy. The current economic climate and standard of living in any given state are not only the results of policy choices and developments that occurred in the last few years, but can also be affected by decisions made decades ago, and by forces outside a state’s control.

Each year, 24/7 Wall St. attempts to answer this question by surveying various aspects of each state. To determine how well states are managed, we examine key financial ratios, as well as social and economic outcomes. This year, North Dakota is the best-run state in the country for the third consecutive year, while Illinois replaced California as the worst-run state.

Read: The Best and Worst Run States in America

Selecting appropriate criteria to compare the 50 states is difficult because there is so much variation among the states. As a…

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