Pennsylvania has some ground to make up if it wants to close the gap between it and the so-called best states in the nation, according to a new ranking recently published by U.S. News & World Report.
The Best States rankings measured how well states are performing for their citizens by looking at several key factors, including healthcare, education, economy, roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, public safety, natural environment, fiscal stability, and the opportunities it affords its residents.
The Keystone State ranked No. 40. It had the best showing in the Healthcare category, where it placed 10th. Opportunity also placed Pennsylvania into the upper half of the list at No. 17.
Meanwhile, the state placed No. 29 in Crime & Corrections, No. 35 in Natural Environment, No. 36 in Education, and No. 38 in Economy.
Pennsylvania had the worst showing in Infrastructure (No. 46) and Fiscal Stability (No. 47).
The state, however, boasts several fields in which it excels. It has been one of the most important industrial centers for coal, steel, and railroads in the country. Today, it is among the largest producers of canned fruit and vegetable-specialty products, chocolate and cocoa products, and potato chips and pretzels.
Read the entire ranking in U.S. News & World Report.
Pennsylvania ranks among the worst states for infrastructure.