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Report Ranks Hoosier Government Most Effective in Nation

Over the years, there have been numerous reports about the strength of various Indiana industries and how they outrank the competition among other states. Indiana frequently tops itself with new records in areas such as manufacturing, logistics, life sciences, and many more. Recently, an entirely new bit of research came along that catapulted an often overlooked aspect of Indiana business to the number one spot nationally. New data from U.S. News & World Report found that Indiana’s government stands out as the most effective state government in the country.

“Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the opportunity it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety, and the integrity and health of state government,” the Best States report stated.

Connecting with Governor Holcomb’s Plans

The findings of the Best States report align well with the new Indiana governor’s plans for the state. The “Next Level Legislative Agenda,” outlined by Governor Eric Holcomb, is focused on five key priorities that are closely connected to the areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report:

  • Make Indiana a Jobs Magnet
  • Fund a 20-year Plan for Roads and Bridges
  • Prepare a Skilled and Ready Workforce
  • Attack the Drug Epidemic
  • Deliver Great Government Service

Holcomb said, “Strong leadership over the last 12 years has made our government efficient and our fiscal position healthy and solid. As our state enters its third century, it’s my goal to continue this success and elevate our position on all fronts to take Indiana to the next level.”

“To attract the talent and businesses necessary to position our state for a successful future, we need Indiana to pop off the map as a top performing state,” he added. “Folks around the nation are already learning just how much further their dollar goes here in Indiana, and with a strong focus on these key priorities, we will continue to move the needle by every measure.”

This is the first time that U.S. News & World Report has ever published anything quite like its Best States rankings. The organization developed its findings using data from McKinsey & Company, which is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, and nonprofits. McKinsey & Company owns a massive database which they call the Leading States Index, which measures aspects of each state across more than 100,000 different data points surmised within 68 different benchmark metrics. States were evaluated in seven categories: health care, education, crime & corrections, infrastructure, opportunity, economy, and government. Overall, Indiana ranks in the top half of all states nationwide.

Indiana’s State Rankings

Indiana Ranked #22 Overall (out of 50)

Indiana’s Rankings in Seven Primary Categories with Selected Subcategory Rankings:

  • Government: #1
    • Government Credit Rating: #1
    • Budget Transparency: #1
    • Pension Fund Liability: #5
    • Government Digitalization: #6
    • Fiscal Stability: #8
  • Opportunity: #4
    • Affordability: #4
    • Housing Affordability: #5
    • Equality: #7
    • Cost of Living: #8
    • Gender Equality: #9
  • Infrastructure: #20
    • Commute Time: #16
    • Electricity Price: #16
    • Power Grid Reliability: #17
    • Road Quality: #18
    • Energy: #18
  • Economy: #26
    • GDP Growth: #15
    • Employment: #17
    • Job Growth: #21
    • Growth: #23
    • Patent Creation: #26
  • Education: #27
    • High School Graduation Rate: #7
    • NAEP Math Scores: #10
    • Pre-K – 12: #11
    • NAEP Reading Scores: #15
    • College Readiness: #16
  • Crime & Corrections: #33
    • Low Prison Overpopulation: #1
    • Equality in Juvenile Jailing: #10
    • Low Property Crime Rate: #25
    • Corrections: #28
    • Least Juvenile Incarceration: #30
  • Health Care: #41
    • Low Suicide Rate: #22
    • Health Insurance Enrollment: #28
    • Child Wellness Visits: #32
    • Health Care Access: #33
    • Health Care Quality: #35

Source: U.S. News & World Report