A freighter sits at anchor in Elliott Bay as downtown Seattle lights up at sunset Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Washington was named the top state in U.S. News and World Report’s Best States rankings. (Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP)
The home of Amazon, Microsoft and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks has been named the best state in America.
Washington state earned top honors on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the Best States, published on Tuesday.
The outlet calculates where all 50 states fall in their rankings based on several criteria, including health care, education, economy and opportunity. Certain categories are weighted more based on an annual survey with thousands of people to determine which issues are most important.
Washington was the top state overall, followed