Politico Ranks New Hampshire Strongest State

In January, Politico Magazine ranked New Hampshire the strongest state. It used data gathered from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI. It ranked the fifty U.S. states by 14 criteria, including the following:

  • high school graduation rates
  • per capita income
  • life expectancy
  • crime rate

New Hampshire topped the list as the “strongest” state in the nation. Neighboring Vermont came in third. Mississippi came in dead last. Interestingly, the ranking was a recreation of one performed by American Mercury editors Charles Angoff and renowned libertarian curmudgeon H.L. Mencken in 1931. (Mississippi came in last then, too!). According to Politico,

the pair was onto something when they wrote that there are some aspects of daily life that most Americans can agree on: Education and health are good things, crime is a bad thing and “any civilization which sees an increase in the general wealth is a civilization going up grade, not down.”

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