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Pennsylvania Finishes In the Bottom 10 On Best State Ranking


Pennsylvania was ranked the 41st best state in the nation, based on criteria such as health care, public education and economic growth, according to a new analysis by U.S. News.

The ranking included more than 70 metrics aimed at measuring how well states are working on behalf of their residents, according to U.S. News. Weighted most heavily in the analysis was health care quality, access and affordability, followed by the performance of their K-12 schools and higher education systems.

Pennsylvania ranked 21st among the states on health care, 32nd on education, 44th on its economy and 43rd on infrastructure.

Criteria measured by the study included unemployment rates and gross domestic product growth; the condition of roads, bridges, electricity grids and transit options; and air and water quality.

U.S. News’ data came from both government and private sources, plus proprietary information from a countrywide survey.

The survey is available at


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