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Florida jumps three spots to make top 10 in 2021 best states list

by Liz Hughes

Florida jumps three spots to make top 10 in 2021 best states list

Florida ranked No. 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of best states in the country. It also ranks among the top five states in education and among the top 10 states in the economy and fiscal stability categories.

States were ranked in 71 metrics across eight main categories: health care, education, economies, infrastructure and opportunities; as well as fiscal stability, crime and corrections; and the state’s natural environment. Health care and education weighted most heavily in the survey, according to the report. 

Florida also ranked 25th in health care, third in education, eighth for economy, 20th for infrastructure, 33rd for opportunity, eighth for fiscal stability, 26th for crime and corrections and 18th for natural environment. 

In 2019, Florida ranked No. 13. In 2018 it ranked No. 15. In 2017 Florida came in at No. 24 in the annual report. There were no rankings in 2020 due to COVID. 

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