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Massachusetts Named Best State In Country By U.S. News & World Report

Based on over 60 metrics, Massachusetts was named the best state in the country.

A number one ranking in education and a number two in health care largely propelled the state’s ranking to number one overall. These metrics were given more weight in the study based on a survey of what matters most to most people.

“Massachusetts is a great place to live, work and raise a family because of the strength and character of all those who call the Commonwealth home. Everyone should be proud that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in health care access and public education for all citizens and our administration will continue to build on these accomplishments to bring more economic success to every corner of Massachusetts.”

- Governor Charlie Baker

New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington complete the top five. 

Analysts also ranked governments in the 50 states and Massachusetts finished sixteenth. It came in the top ten for state integrity and budget transparency but its overall government ranking was pulled down by a 21 ranking for digitalization and a 29 ranking for budget stability.

Despite the state ranking 47th rank in affordability, 3,621 homes were sold in Massachusetts in January, up 5.5 percent from last January and the highest number for the month since 2005. The median sale price was $342,500 – 7% up from last year and the highest median sale price since 2006.

In contrast, a Metropolitan Area Planning Council report found that inequities facing low-income households and people of color in metro Boston have remained the same or worsened, despite an improving economy. This comes five years after the disparities were outlined in a 2011 report.

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