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Gov. Ricketts Highlights Nebraska’s Big Jump in Annual U.S. News and World Report “Best States” Ranking

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts welcomed new rankings from U.S. News and World Report, which released its 2018 “Best States” study.  Nebraska is ranked #7, a jump of six spots from Nebraska’s 2017 ranking of #13.


“This ranking is evidence of the hard work of Nebraskans in communities across our state who are working every day to create new opportunities,” said Governor Ricketts.  “From balancing our budget and investing in infrastructure to delivering tax relief and launching new workforce initiatives, we continue to build on these strengths, so Nebraska’s families, farmers, and job creators enjoy the Good Life for years to come.”


In overall rankings, Nebraska scored highly in education (#9), infrastructure (#9), and fiscal stability rankings (#11). 



In specific categories, Nebraska ranked well in mental health (#5), high school graduation rate (#5), low unemployment rate (#4), high labor force participation rate (#4), housing affordability (#4), power grid reliability (#1), and low pension fund liability (#2) among other things. 


Nebraska’s full U.S. News and World Report profile can be found by clicking here.


U.S. News and World Report partners with McKinsey & Company to compile the annual “Best States” rankings.  Eight categories, ranging from the economy to crime and corrections, were weighted according to preferences from survey participants.  More information about the methodology can be found by clicking here.