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Do You Agree That Massachusetts is One of the Best States?

A story published Friday on Politico ranked the Bay State as fifth in the nation.

Courtesy: Politico
Courtesy: Politico
Massachusetts is the #5 state in the country, according to Politico.

The political website ranked all 50 states based on 14 state rankings from sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI, and other factors including high school graduation rates, per capita income, crime rates and life expectancy. The website admits that its approach is not scientific.

New Hampshire came out on top, followed by Minnesota, Vermont, Utah and Massachusetts.

Politico took a little bit of heat from some Twitter users because a map accompanying the story originally pointed to Vermont instead of New Hampshire. 

"That would be Vermont, not New Hampshire," Tweeted Collin Gately, former press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Steven Sadowski January 24, 2014 at 05:17 PM
It all depends on the function. You can manipulate these rankings to whatever parameters you want. Recently MA came in the bottom 5 for "worst managed states." But they used debt ratio, pension funding and other number crunching type parameters. I guess Alaska could be the greatest state in the country if the parameters were "population of Grizzly bears." (In all due fairness, Alaska came in the Top 3 in that ranking I mentioned for best managed.) So I guess the old maxim holds true: there are 3 types of liars: liars, damned liars and statistics.
Dan D. January 24, 2014 at 07:14 PM
So, not scientific and based on who knows what factors? These rankings are pretty much fluff, and usually pushing some kind of agenda. Ignore them.
Chris Daley January 25, 2014 at 03:04 PM
I can't make a short trip in the area without some bully- bumper cuddling me from behind. Very often almost every commute- in town too, not just neighboring towns. Small roads=30-40 mph, some 45 which I reasonably do. Extremely offensive. My frame of reference is accurate as I know how other states "feel" when I'm there. Most of you probably would be amazed how open and spread out the Midwest and mountain states "feel" when you go 100 miles or more between towns. I've seen whole valleys empty of human rat race and brash aggressive behavior, for nothing but quiet sagebrush, cactus, tall trees or barren badlands, cattle and elk. And like the song says, the sky is not cloudy all day (or all week). But you're all hemmed in here from Portland to Baltimore, DC and Norfolk/Hampton VA-maybe 50 million people like all that herd instinct, crowded roads, endless wall to wall suburbs and multitudes of human nature? I just can't take East all that seriously, because here you're pressured to be somebody else, whereas out West the individual is respected more. Just my experience.

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