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Rankings and Methodology

Past Rankings: 1991 to 2004

Rankings in 44 Factors for all States

List of Tables Included:

Negative Factors

1. Percent Change in Number of Crimes: 2001 to 2002

2. Crime Rate

3. State Prisoner Incarceration Rate

4. Personal Bankruptcy Rate

5. Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

6. Rate of Public Libraries and Branches

7. Unemployment Rate

8. Percent of Nonfarm Employees in Government

9. Electricity Prices

10. Hazardous Waste Sites on the National Priority List per 10,000 Square Miles

11. State & Local Taxes as a Percent of Personal Income

12. Per Capita State and Local Government Debt Outstanding

13. Percent of Population Not Covered by Health Insurance

14. Births of Low Birthweight as a Percent of All Births

15. Teenage Birth Rate

16. Infant Mortality Rate

17. Age-Adjusted Death Rate by Suicide

18. Population per Square Mile

19. Poverty Rate

20. Percent of Female-Headed Families with Children Living in Poverty

21. State and Local Government Spending for Welfare Programs as a Percent of All Spending

22. Percent of Households Receiving Food Stamps

23. Deficient Bridges as a Percent of Total Bridges

24. Highway Fatality Rate

25. Fatalities in Alcohol-Related Crashes as a Percent of All Highway Fatalities

Positive Factors

26. Per Capita Gross State Product

27. Percent Change in Per Capita Gross State Product: 1997 to 2001

28. Per Capita Personal Income

29. Change in Per Capita Personal Income: 2001 to 2002

30. Median Household Income

31. Public High School Graduation Rate

32. Percent of Population Graduated from High School

33. Expenditures for Education as a Percent of All State and Local Government Expenditures

34. Percent of Population With a Bachelorís Degree or More

35. Books in Public Libraries Per Capita

36. Per Capita State Art Agenciesí Legislative Appropriations

37. Average Weekly Earnings of Production Workers on Manufacturing Payrolls

38. Job Growth: 2002 to 2003

39. Normal Daily Mean Temperature

40. Percent of Days That Are Sunny

41. Homeownership Rate

42. Domestic Migration of Population: 2002 to 2003

43 Marriage Rate

44. Percent of Eligible Population Reported Voting