U.S. News & World Report ranked Fla. No. 10 this year as overall best state, up from 13 last year. Created via a survey of residents, the list covers 8 categories.

MIAMI – The Sunshine State – with its dazzling beaches, exciting nightlife and picture-perfect weather – is shining bright in a new annual survey.

According to the latest standings from U.S. News & World Report, Florida ranks 10th overall among the “Best States in the U.S.” And we’re on the rise.

Florida finished at No. 13 in 2019.

State rankings were determined based on the average of three years of data from an annual survey that asked 70,000 people to rank their state in eight categories – health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections, and natural environment.

Florida – a paradise for the young and old, water-sports enthusiasts, golfers and others from all walks of life – ranked at No. 3 in education, No. 8 in economy, and No. 8 in fiscal stability in this year’s survey.

New York, which has a large number of transplants in Florida, came in at No. 21 overall, two spots behind New Jersey. Washington was No. 1 overall in the 2021 rankings, followed by Minnesota, Utah, New Hampshire and Idaho.

The bottom five were Alabama, West Virginia, New Mexico, Mississippi and Louisiana.

© 2021 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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