Texas jumps seven spots to 31 in 2021 best states list

by Liz Hughes

Texas ranked No. 31 in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of best states in the country. It also ranks among the top 10 states in the economy and fiscal stability categories.

States were ranked in 71 metrics across eight main categories: health care, education, economies, infrastructure and opportunities; as well as fiscal stability, crime and corrections; and the state’s natural environment. Health care and education weighted most heavily in the survey, according to the report. 

Texas also ranked 31st in health care, 34th in education, ninth for economy, 16th for infrastructure, 39th for opportunity, 10th for fiscal stability, 37th for crime and corrections, and 40th for natural environment. 

In 2019, Texas ranked No. 38. In 2018 it ranked No. 36. In 2017 Texas also came in at No. 38 in the annual report. There were no rankings in 2020 due to COVID. 

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