U.S. News evaluated the 50 states based on education, health care, infrastructure, economy, opportunity, crime and corrections, and government. South Carolina ranked 45th overall.
South Carolina was ranked No. 16 for economy, No. 32 for government, No. 39 for health care, No. 41 for crime and corrections, No. 43 for infrastructure, No. 48 for opportunity and No. 50 for education.
Massachusetts took the top spot overall and in the education category. New Hampshire was ranked No. 2 overall, followed by Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Louisiana was named the worst state in the country, based on very low rankings for crime, education, economy and opportunity.
“U.S. News is known worldwide for its rankings of colleges and hospitals. We take the same in-depth approach to evaluating states,” Brian Kelly, U.S. News’ editor and chief content officer, said in a news release. “Together, the new Best States rankings and platform are a comprehensive effort to provide citizens with a full picture of what’s working and what needs to be improved in their states.”