With Tennessee and especially Nashville ranking high on many list these days, it is easy to think we have arrived. I do think we have shown great improvement and are heading in the right direction but we should not let it go to our head. Politico recently ranked the fifty states, compiling and averaging 14 different state rankings from reputable sources such as the Census
Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI, and
on important factors such as high school graduation rates, per capita
income, life expectancy, infant mortality, and crime rate.
Tennessee's overall ranking was a dismal 48. Thank God for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. At the top of the list was at number 1, 2 and 3 were New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Vermont. New York ranks 28, California 31, and Texas ranks 36. To see the complete ranking and the 14 individual rankings used to compile the composite ranking, follow this link.