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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