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U.S. News puts Missouri 37th in ‘Best States’ ranking



When it comes to how well states serve their residents, the inaugural best states ranking issued by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday puts Missouri 13th from the bottom of the 50 states, primarily for falling short in categories such as crime, the economy and transportation.

The report evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, from education and health care to infrastructure and economy, to capture how states best serve their residents.

According to the report, there were a few sunny spots for Missouri.

“Its government ties for the best use of technology, and the state ranks 10th for its high school graduation rate,” the report noted.

Missouri also ranked ninth for affordability.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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