DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — It’s no secret that Alabama isn’t exactly popular on national rankings, shown by list after list ranking the Yellowhammer State either second to last or right at rock bottom.
A new ranking released by U.S. News has only continued the tradition of Alabama almost finishing last in just about everything.
The list takes into account each state’s individual rank in the following categories: Healthcare, Education, Economy, Infrastructure, Opportunity, Fiscal Stability, Crime & Corrections and Natural Environment.
For the most part, Alabama ranked low in almost all of the categories. Education was the worst, with Alabama placing dead last at rank 50.
However, when it came to fiscal stability, Alabama almost ranked right in the middle in 23rd place.
In general, Mississippi ranked right above Alabama in 48th place. Louisiana held the lowest place in 50th place.
The rankings were calculated from “weightings based on the average of three years of data from an annual national survey that asked a total of more than 50,000 people to prioritize each subject in their state.”
Health care and education had the greatest impact on the metrics, followed by the economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections procedures, and natural environment of the state.
Read more about the methodology here.