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According to U.S. News & World Report, Washington State ranked as the number 1 state in the country in 2019

Based on US News & World Reports' most recent report measuring how well states are performing, Washington state outperformed the entire country

May 29, 2019
  • Based on US News & World Reports' most recent report measuring how well states are performing, using more than 70 metrics, Washington state outperformed the entire country, up from 6th in 2018 rankings. The eight main categories used in this survey include Health care, education, Economy, Infrastructure, Opportunity, Fiscal stability, Crime & corrections, and Natural environment. 
  • Washington’s annual GDP growth rate (2017-2018) was the highest in the country at 5.7 percent. Driven predominantly by the technology sector, the Seattle metro maintains a low unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, which is 10 basis points below the national average. 
  • The state’s outperformance has been supported significantly by economic growth in the Seattle metropolitan area. A diversified economic base of high-tech companies ranging from gaming and software to biotechnology and telecommunications have played a major role in this growth. With such a strong base of diverse companies, we expect the Seattle metropolitan area and the State of Washington to continue to outperform the broader U.S. economy.

    Source: JLL Research, US News & World Report, Census Bureau, OFM

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