State Rankings
Overall Prosperity

The U.S. Prosperity Index consists of three domains measured through 11 pillars, built upon 48 actionable policy areas (elements), and underpinned by over 200 indicators.

The full dataset is available in the Downloads section.

State
Overall Prosperity
Inclusive Societies
Safety and Security
Personal Freedom
Governance
Social Capital
Open Economies
Business Environment
Market Access and Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Empowered People
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
View Element Rankings
Safety and Security
Personal Freedom
Governance
Social Capital
Business Environment
Market Access and Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
Massachusetts139241943111212414
Connecticut226122881343124262
Minnesota37142215213162217533719
New Hampshire46273092093028451355
Washington51129113177142147129117
Utah64176251983381410191523
District of Columbia7185131241417173823422
Vermont8538293362741266141531
New York929111640402212108115216
Colorado10133512515225362191810910
New Jersey1121513413318282393112212
Wisconsin129152975211029291517141624
North Dakota1315181731653433219212435
Iowa1481014131119411092013111441
Maryland152234189341525927106181017
Nebraska1612193010725193114242471342
Rhode Island17107421303939274411198253
Maine1811108845315143162127228
Virginia1919123522222918323613820825
Delaware20282734183162466227313126
Illinois212432923352475482516171939
Pennsylvania2232212348251217471815241229
Oregon231624201620334518182337223016
Hawaii241420196214751394212221349
Wyoming2523815461630404812631291721
California2634382524442335285193464014
Idaho27174333212312937163229283828
South Dakota28271642424323234152832162627
Michigan292531271127352638332920341830
Florida30403621344827388192728332915
North Carolina313933441738141717233126323233
Montana322023282710382042413033252831
Indiana333128313718101114204030422351
Kansas343537244314171223243636302740
Ohio353325462032262113353827402045
Texas3643394538433151924140364137
Missouri37424349362316620343725413338
Georgia384830514545112315113523383532
Arizona393640321249434240383344264318
Alaska403047262613464850133441354413
Tennessee414144481942282224224339453634
South Carolina424446434429373725324235433736
Kentucky433722373339413026504543473946
New Mexico44384951450484349454451375120
Alabama454642474736343316404642484747
Nevada465150393551424935303945395011
West Virginia472613402826505044465147514944
Oklahoma484941415041403647254748464248
Louisiana495048364947444643374949444850
Arkansas504745503946494745494846494549
Mississippi514526385137514446515050504643
Column Definitions
Safety and Security

The Safety & Security pillar measures the degree to which terror, violent crime, and property crime destabilize the security of individuals, both immediately and through longer lasting effects.

Personal Freedom

The Personal Freedom pillar measures progress towards basic legal rights, individual liberties, and social tolerance.

Governance

The Governance pillar measures the extent to which there are checks and restraints on power and whether government operatea effectively and without corruption.

Social Capital

The Social Capital pillar measures the strength of personal and social relationships, institutional trust, social networks, and civic participation.

Business Environment

The Business Environment pillar measures the entrepreneurial environment, business infrastructure, access to credit, labor market flexibility, and price distortions for goods and services.

Market Access and Infrastructure

The Market Access & Infrastructure pillar measures the quality of the infrastructure that facilities trade – from telecommunications and transport to the availability of resources.

Economic Quality

The Economic Quality pillar measures how well the economy is equipped to generate wealth sustainably and with the full engagement of its workforce.

Living Conditions

The Living Conditions pillar measures the degree to which a reasonable quality of life is experienced by all, including material resources, shelter, basic services, and connectivity.

Health

The Health pillar measures the health of the population, their illness and risk factors, and access to the services to maintain good health, including health outcomes, health systems, and mortality rates.

Education

The Education pillar measures the access to, and quality of, the four stages of education (pre-primary, primary, secondary, and tertiary), as well as the education level of the adult population.

Natural Environment

The Natural Environment pillar measures the aspects of the physical environment that have an immediate impact on people in their daily lives and also those that impact the prosperity of future generations.

How to use this table

The rankings tables show how the 50 states of the Union and Washington D.C. plus the 829 counties of the eight selected states compare across the different domains, pillars, elements, and indicators of the U.S. Prosperity Index. (Please note, element and indicator rankings are only displayed for the state level Index, but are available for counties in the county profile datasheets available to download.)

We endeavor to create an Index that is methodologically sound, so have consulted academics and experts with particular expertise in the various metrics to determine the best way to measure prosperity across the U.S.

Our methodology is based on the concept of three domains, capturing institutional, economic, and social wellbeing, that are equally essential to prosperity. These domains are measured through 11 pillars, built upon 48 actionable policy areas (elements), and underpinned by over 200 indicators. For details of how each pillar, element, and indicator is currently weighted in the Index, you can download a copy of our full methodology report in the Downloads section of the site, along with the full 2020 dataset.

However, we know that different people may have different views on how important each metric is to a state or county's prosperity. So we have created a Weightings tool that allows you to assign different weights - that is, different levels of importance - to the pillars, elements, and indicators.

If you click on the 'Adjust Weightings' button, you can choose to assign each metric in the current ranking table a value from x0 to x2 of the default USPI weighting. The tool will then re-calculate the rankings based on your preferences. [Please note that the weighting function is intended to provide only an indicative understanding of how changing the weights can affect the rankings. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.]

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Governance
Social Capital
Open Economies
Business Environment
Market Access and Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Empowered People
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
Weighting

This tool allows you to up- or down-weight individual metrics depending on what is important to you. Once you have made your selection, click the X in the top right corner or back onto the main page, and the table will update to provide an indication of the impact that change would have on a state or county's rank. The default USPI setting weights all metrics as per our Index methodology (available to read in full in the Downloads section). Please note the resultant rankings are indicative only. For more details please click on the 'How to use this table' button.

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