North Dakota Ranks 1st in Quality of Life, 4th Overall in U.S. News & World Report's Best States Rankings
Thursday, June 21, 2018
North Dakota offers the best quality of life in the country and ranks fourth overall among U.S. states for the second year in a row in U.S. News & World Report’s Best States rankings released.
This is the first year the magazine’s annual rankings have included a quality of life category, and North Dakota topped the list. The state also ranked first in four metrics – growth of young population, labor force participation rate, low food insecurity and budget balancing – and ranked second in the infrastructure and fiscal stability categories.
“Thanks to U.S. News & World Report for reinforcing what the people who live and visit here already know: North Dakotans enjoy an unmatched quality of life, with abundant natural resources, endless recreational opportunities and hardworking citizens who make this the best place to live, work and a raise a family,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. “We’re committed to creating an environment that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation and helping communities reach their fullest potential to make our state an even more vibrant, healthy place to live.”