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New Hampshire as the Most Improved State

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LAWRENCE, KS. New Hampshire today was named the nation’s Most Improved State. The award was announced in State Trends, 2nd Edition, an annual reference book published by Morgan Quitno Press of Lawrence, Kansas that measures change in the 50 United States. At the opposite end of the rankings scale Alaska reported in as the state with the least amount of improvement in the past decade.

“Sometimes life just isn’t fair for states other than New Hampshire,” said Scott Morgan, President of Morgan Quitno Press. “New Hampshire won our Most Livable State Award earlier this year and has performed well in nearly all of Morgan Quitno’s surveys. Yet there is no arguing that New Hampshire is the clear winner of this year’s Most Improved State Award.”

The Most Improved State Award is based on 12 factors selected from the 2nd Edition State Trends. This honor recognizes a state for improvements made over the past decade in several key quality-of-life factors. This year’s factors relate to employment, health care finance, higher education, social welfare and federal, state and local government finance. They are different than the factors considered in last year’s Most Improved State competition and thus rankings for the two years are not comparable.

“Our award is unique because it does not reflect which states perform best in the factors chosen,” said Morgan. “Rather, it identifies those states that have made the most improvement in 10 years time.”

Rounding out the top five spots with New Hampshire are (in descending order) California, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. Bringing up the opposite end of the rankings scale with Alaska are Wyoming in 49th, Nebraska in 48th, Oregon in 47th and Idaho in 46th place.

The Most Improved State Award is one of six designations announced annually by Morgan Quitno Press. The company's other annual announcements designate the nation’s Safest and Most Dangerous City and Metro Area (based on data from City Crime Rankings), the Most Livable State (based on data from State Rankings), the Healthiest State (based on data from Health Care State Rankings) the Smartest State (based on data from Education State Rankings) and the Safest and Most Dangerous States (based on data from Crime State Rankings). Each award or designation is based on data from annual Morgan Quitno reference publications.

A listing of the Most Improved State Award’s 12 factors, rankings of all 50 states for each factor and an explanation of the methodology are available from Morgan Quitno Press via the Internet at or by calling 785-841-3534.  It should be noted that the new ranking is not comparable to last year's Most Improved State as the 12 factors are different.

Morgan Quitno Press is an independent private research and publishing company located in Lawrence, Kansas. Founded in 1989, the company specializes in reference books and monthly reports that compare states and cities in several different subject areas. The corporation is not a subsidiary of any other company nor is it subsidized by any outside interest group. Its books are found in reference libraries throughout the United States and around the world.


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