Maryland Ranked 22nd in U.S. News “Best States” List

U.S. News has released its “Best States” rankings, which draw on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. Maryland came in ranked 22nd in 2022, falling five spots from 17th in 2021.

In addition to health care and education, the rankings take into account a state’s economy; its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure; its public safety; its natural environment; the fiscal stability of state government; and the opportunity it affords its residents. Maryland saw its highest rankings in the Health Care (4th) and Natural Environment (5th) categories, with lower rankings in Economy (42nd) and Infrastructure (39th). More on Maryland’s ranking per U.S. News below:

Home to the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland is known for its blue crabs and the city of Baltimore, a major historic trading port, baseball destination and birthplace of the national anthem. Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” as he watched the American flag wave above Fort McHenry on the harbor during the War of 1812, signaling Britain’s defeat.

As one of the original 13 colonies, Maryland has always played a pivotal role in American history. It was named a state in 1788 and was the seventh to ratify the U.S. Constitution. As a border state during the Civil War, it ultimately joined the Union, though it was divided in its support, even among family members.

Maryland remained a slave state for most of the war, forcing slaves including abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to flee. In 1862, the Old Line State held the bloodiest one-day battle in the nation’s history: the Battle of Antietam.

Adjacent to the nation’s capital, Maryland employs many federal workers and has more than 60 federal facilities. It houses the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin.

Maryland also is home to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, one of the largest military medical centers in the nation.”

The full list can be seen here.

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