North Dakota is ranked the best run state in the nation, according to the annual 24/7 Wall St. study. The national study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services to determine how well each state is managed. The top five best-run states were: North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah and Iowa.
“This study recognizes that North Dakota’s sound fiscal policies are working,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “We are in a strong position to provide tax relief, maintain a healthy reserve while also investing in our priorities.”
The study determines how well states are run by looking at fiscal management, taxes, exports, and GDP growth by sectors, as well as, quality of life components such as poverty, income, unemployment, high school graduation, crime and foreclosure rates.