U.S. News & World Report released a study ranking the best states in the nation and the rankings weren’t too kind to California, especially when it comes to the quality of life in the state. The Best States ranking is part of an annual study that scores all 50 states on the following eight categories: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections, fiscal stability, and quality of life. Overall, California ranked 32nd out of the 50 states when comparing all the categories, with Iowa taking the overall top spot on the rankings. However, when it comes to quality of life, California managed to rank last. According to the study, quality of life “…tracks states’ air quality, pollution, voter participation, social support and more.”
California’s best rank came under the category of economy, where the state came in at 4th place. Unfortunately, California ranked 46th in the rankings for opportunity, which measured “…poverty, housing affordability and equality for women, minorities and people with disabilities.” The state also managed to rank low in the category of fiscal stability, coming in at 43rd in the rankings. These rankings are certainly interesting because the state’s economy is doing great, but its residents seem to have the worst quality of life in the nation with low opportunities for its residents and a state government with low fiscal stability. Hopefully, California is able to fix some of its issues and is able to improve on its rankings in next year’s study.