PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A yearly report by US News and World Report released this week has Arizona ranked in the bottom third of the United States.

According to the report, which is based on eight categories, Arizona came in 34 out of 50.

[WATCH: Arizona near the bottom of state rankings]

The eight categories involved in the rankings include:

• Healthcare

• Education

• Economy

• Infrastructure

• Opportunity

• Fiscal stability

• Crime and corrections

• Natural environment

The categories at the top are weighted a little higher than the ones at the bottom.


For the good news, Arizona ranks 10th in the nation when it comes to the economy and 11th when it comes to infrastructure.

Arizona has improved in the ranking in both of those areas over the past few years with more businesses coming to Arizona and more investments in roads, bridges and high-speed internet.


The not-so-good news is Arizona ranks near the bottom in education, crime and corrections and opportunity.

Opportunity includes people living in poverty, housing affordability and equality.

The ranking is better than 2018's report when Arizona came in 39 out of 50.

As for the top 3, Washington, New Hampshire and Minnesota.


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(4) comments

Pat Henry

Oh sure near the bottom if we are going off a Liberal scorecard. The more free the state, the closer they are to the bottom according to regressives


You can thank the Repuglicons for keeping us behind the times..we could've had Solar energy & Light Rail for many more years but Nope. Better late than never but still not done right lol. #BlueWave2020

Pat Henry

We actually don't want to go the direction of California. You can thank DemoKKKrats for the rampant poverty there


you can thank the Democrats for that..

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