North Dakota falls 11 spots in US News rankings and World Report

The ratings, released Tuesday, May 14, and used "thousands of data points to measure how well states are functioning for their citizens," North Dakota at 15th place. In each of the first two years of the list, the state was fourth.

Senior data editor said at News.S. and World Report in a statement that ratings provide “insight into time and should be used to analyze long-term trends, rather than year-on-year direct comparisons.” t

Minnesota came in the third year of this year, only Washington and New Hampshire as the best states in the nation. South Dakota came in the 20th and Montana landed on the 29th.

North Dakota was in the third bottom of the list for healthcare and the economy. However, it ranked the fifth for infrastructure and the fourth in "opportunity", which measures poverty, housing affordability and equality for women, minorities and people with disabilities.

The labor force had the highest participation rate, the fourth lowest unemployment rate, the shortest average commuter at around 17 minutes and the second in healthcare affordability.

Last year, North Dakota made the first step in quality of life, which is no longer a separate category.

Burgum's office issued previous news releases recommending ratings for the last two years. In a requested statement on Tuesday afternoon of the Forum's News Service, his spokesman Mike Nowatzki said that the ranking of “our message that North Dakota is one of the best states in the country to spend, operate and build a family.

“We are delighted to recognize World News & World ratings this year again North Dakota as a land of opportunity,” he said.

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