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
Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Empowered People
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
View Element Rankings
Safety and Security
Personal Freedom
Governance
Social Capital
Business Environment
Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
Massachusetts13825155473513219
Connecticut215112576102125342
Minnesota3714231521052213645517
New Hampshire462531920153120411474
Utah541562518112741314161324
Vermont65310324372740293101321
Washington7142721418914245101512913
District of Columbia82051422818161931241119
North Dakota9162115306226212611183144
Wisconsin10812257714733171522151023
Colorado111338143122323440720767
New Jersey121961239341821343529314
Iowa13111316141316292081816101439
Nebraska1410182411513202972118111243
New York153211184044439278126263
Maine1621138843305133162131188
Maryland1721341910322433825116171615
Rhode Island18973212342451647998286
Virginia1918103122313019372312720826
Delaware202829381926623610228322930
Illinois2123351123331795482413222040
Pennsylvania22331722492411111452017231531
Idaho23154292814282532153232263534
Oregon241722201322354221192338212322
California2538363224452232259173344011
South Dakota26261642413313139122830193428
North Carolina273633392038151717222925362521
Wyoming282298461734404333036341733
Michigan292530281627362235382719333025
Kansas303031174216191826183434291945
Florida31403227344721354312529273216
Hawaii321223761951513851142613318
Texas3343394536413131823840354232
Montana342424332711413442363137252238
Indiana352925303521272419264124422751
Ohio363526471835261015423928432149
Georgia374628514743121214163323383627
Missouri384244483820251628243627402437
Alaska393148262610394645113745304410
Arizona403437351248403841343543284312
Tennessee414142491742292823304339443729
South Carolina424445364829323913324235414135
Kentucky433920403339463636504441473942
Alabama444543464437333712374742494641
New Mexico4537509950484450444551375020
Nevada46514744375145483039404439485
Oklahoma474841434546384148144647463850
West Virginia482719372930505049465148515146
Louisiana495049345049444346284949454948
Arkansas504946504340474947414846484547
Mississippi514740415136494744495050504736
Column Definitions
Safety and Security

The Safety & Security pillar measures the degree to which mass killings and injuries, 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 operates 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.

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure pillar measures the quality of the infrastructure that facilities trade – from telecommunications and transport to the availability and reliability 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 systems, as well as health outcomes including 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 1,196 counties of the 12 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 2021 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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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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