North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Third Consecutive Year

By | December 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm | No comments | News

By ND Commerce

North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a third consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall St. study released today. The study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services by the state to determine how well each state is managed.

“North Dakota has great qualities to offer businesses and workers,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “State and local leaders have worked hard to build an environment that supports business growth and creates a good quality of life for our citizens. It’s great to see this hard work being recognized by 24/7 Wall St for the third consecutive year.”

The top five best run states were: North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. 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.

The study states: “People have been flocking to North Dakota: more than 5% of the population in 2013 had migrated from another state or country since 2010. Last year, the state’s GDP rose by 9.7%, the most in the nation. Job growth has also been rapid. North Dakota’s 2.9% unemployment rate was the lowest in the nation last year.”

The full report is available at:

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