Minnesota, which recently ranked highly on a report about economic growth, also fared well in a new study that examined well-being, as measured by health, education, and income.
In fact, Minnesota is among the top 10 states based on its level of well-being, according to the American Human Development Index, which is produced by the Brooklyn, New York-based research nonprofit Social Science Research Council.
The state received a 5.69 composite score on the index’s scale of one through 10. Minnesota’s score is 0.66 points higher than the national average of 5.03.
The composite score includes measures of citizens’ life expectancy at birth, access to education (degree attainment and school enrollment), and standard of living based on median earnings. Click here
for the full methodology.
According to the American Human Development Index—which is based primarily on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Minnesota’s current life expectancy at birth is 81.1 years. The state received a 5.56 score on the education index, with school enrollment at 79.2 percent, 61.5 percent of the population having received a high school diploma, and 21.5 percent having received a bachelor’s degree. Minnesota reported median income of $30,939.
Connecticut ranked the highest on the American Human Development Index with a composite score of 6.17. Massachusetts came in second with 6.16, and New Jersey came in third, scoring 6.12. Washington, D.C., came in fourth (6.08); Maryland, fifth (5.94); and New Hampshire came in just ahead of Minnesota with a score of 5.73. New York (5.66), Colorado (5.53), and Hawaii (5.53) round out the top 10.
Mississippi ranked lowest on the index for statewide well-being, with a composite score of 3.81. Arkansas (3.91), West Virginia (3.95), Kentucky (4.02), Alabama (4.04), and Louisiana (4.12) followed. Click here
to see how each state fared.
The American Development Index also evaluated well-being in the United States’ 25 most-populous metropolitan areas. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area ranked fourth, scoring 6.19. Washington, D.C., ranked the highest, with 6.83, followed by San Francisco (6.69), and Boston (6.46). New York ranked fifth with 6.12.
In addition to ranking highly for well-being, Minnesota recently ranked fifth nationwide based on economic growth
. That ranking, according to data from The Bureau of Economic Analysis, was based on annual growth in gross domestic product.