The American ideal
The 2018 Social Progress Index: US States shows the growing economy is not working for millions of Americans who face stagnant or declining living standards. Each state is evaluated on how well it provides its people with the things they really care about, including health, safety, shelter, education, rights and freedom.
Leaders and laggards
Massachusetts is the top-ranked state in the union, and Mississippi falls to the bottom. None of the five largest state economies (California, New York, Illinois, Florida and Texas) are in the top ten states on social progress.
Income isn't everything
Wisconsin and Texas have similar Median Household Incomes but perform very differently on the Social Progress Index (Wisconsin ranks 6, Texas ranks 42), suggesting that many factors besides income can affect a state’s quality of life.
Social Progress Index: US States Rankings
The state-level index organizes 53 social and environmental outcome-based indicators into 12 components, which are grouped into three dimensions. In addition to priorities like access to medical care and education, the framework includes several hallmarks of an open, just society that many other indexes simply leave out, like Personal Rights, Inclusiveness, and Personal Freedom and Choice.Read more