New Hampshire Ranked #1 in the Nation

Source: POLITICO | January 30, 2018 | DEREK ROBERTSON

New Hampshire leads the nation with its low poverty rate and infant mortality rate, as well as its high reading test scores and percentage of its population employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, while also cracking the top five in lowest levels of crime, income inequality and unemployment.

Democrats hold a mere 15 of the country’s 50 state executive seats, but a disproportionate 10 of their states crack the top half of the list. A roughly even mix of six states that went for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and four that went for Trump make up the top 10. The bottom 10 were all solid Trump victories, reflecting his strength in the South, a region whose states have consistently brought up the rear in each of these studies. Curiously, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan—three of Clinton’s key Rust Belt losses—range across the rankings, at 10, 24 and 36, respectively, bolstering the argument that something more than a pat diagnosis of “economic anxiety” was at play in pushing them toward Trump.

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  •  Woodcutter #21481

    Interestingly, New Hampshire has been able to achieve this ranking with a 0% state income tax rate, no sales tax, and no capital gains tax. The state does have a 5% tax on interest and dividends earned, but clearly the state is very attractive from a tax standpoint. With low taxes, low unemployment, a highly educated population, and access to great healthcare, New Hampshire is clearly a favorable choice for businesses looking to establish or relocate their operations. …, it is just an “easy” place to live and work.

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