While it isn't number one, it also isn't number fifty. U.S. News & World Report has released a list of the best states to live in based on a list of criteria including education, healthcare, infrastructure and economy. And while many people in each state thinks theirs is the best we all know that just can't be true. U.S. News & World Report said this of their process,

"More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came the opportunity states offer their citizens, their crime & corrections and infrastructure. State economies followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of government administration."

So what state is the best state to live in? 

Massachusetts takes the top honors for coming in number one in education and  number two in healthcare, which were weighed more than other pieces of criteria. 

Coming in last?

Louisiana brought up the rear finishing last on the list. The state ranks 46th in education, 45th in healthcare, and 50th in the category crime and corrections. 

So where does the state of New York fall on the list?

New York came in a 17th overall. The state finished 13th in health care, 19th in education, 5th in crime & corrections, 22nd in infrastructure, 44th in opportunity, 29th in economy and 23rd in government.

So while New York isn't the best state to live in it has placed nicely in the upper third of the list and is a far cry from the worst. You can see the full list of fifty states and where they fall HERE.