Congratulations, Massachusetts. You've just been ranked as the best state to live in.
U.S. News & World Report ranked all 50 states by their health care, quality of education, crime rates, infrastructure, job opportunities, overall economy and government. Massachusetts earned the top spot in the education rankings and second in health care en route to the top spot.
Here's a breakdown of the top five -- and the bottom five.
How the subcategories were ranked:
- Health care: affordability, access, quality
- Education: How well states educate students at all levels, including college
- Crime: Public safety, quality and fairness of prisons
- Infrastructure: Quality of public transportation, power grids, Internet access and more
- Opportunity: Poverty, housing affordability and equality
- Economy: Unemployment rates, new businesses, etc.
- Government: Transparency, integrity, stability
Massachusetts earned points for being a historical destination and sports hub. The median income, $70,628 in 2015, was almost $15,000 above the national average.
Gov. Charlie Baker seemed proud of the ranking.
2. New Hampshire
This was a good list for New England. New Hampshire earned high praise for its health care and education and led the nation in economic opportunity.
Gov. Chris Sununu was similarly proud.
The fifth-best infrastructure and second-highest economic opportunity ranking launched Minnesota to the top five, assuming you can handle 70 inches of snow a year.
4. North Dakota
An oil boom led North Dakota's population to explode from 674,000 to 758,000 in just six years. That helped it earn the second-highest score for overall economy.
The Evergreen State is great for both outdoorsy types and tech geeks, with tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon within. It also has the second-best infrastructure.
46. New Mexico
New Mexico ranked dead last in public safety and had the second-lowest crime score. Its education was third-lowest as well.
Three of the bottom five states were in the Deep South. Alabama ranked 47th in health care and education, despite a relatively promising 31st-ranked infrastructure.
The Natural State had the worst-ranked health care, 48th-ranked crime rates, and 47th-ranked economic opportunity.
Economic issues plagued Mississippi, which ranked last in infrastructure and economic opportunity.
Louisiana didn't rank above 39th in any category and earned the lowest score for crime rates.