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Wisconsin ranks 11th on Best States list for second year in a row

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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is the 11th best state in the country, according to rankings from U.S. News.

The study used eight qualifications to determine their standing: Health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections and natural environment.

The Dairy State ranked in the top 10 for opportunity and natural environment.

The state's lowest categories were crime and corrections and infrastructure. In both categories the state was ranked 30th.

"More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily," the new release said about the study. "Then came state economies, infrastructure, and the opportunity states offer their citizens. Fiscal stability followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of crime & corrections and a state's natural environment."

Following is the full list of states in order of ranking:

Washington

New Hampshire

Minnesota

Utah

Vermont

Maryland

Virginia

Massachusetts

Nebraska

Colorado

Wisconsin

New Jersey

Florida

Iowa

North Dakota

Idaho

Georgia

North Carolina

California

South Dakota

Connecticut

Kansas

Delaware

Hawaii

New York

Rhode Island

Oregon

Missouri

Montana

Tennessee

Wyoming

Maine

Michigan

Arizona

Illinois

Indiana

Nevada

Texas

Ohio

Kentucky

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Oklahoma

Alaska

Arkansas

New Mexico

West Virginia

Mississippi

Alabama

Louisiana

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