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Arkansas is ranked near the bottom on a list ranking states released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

The Natural State comes in at No. 48 on the list, which the publication says is based on a national survey of more than 11,000 people as well as data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and more than 20 other sources.

The publication lists Arkansas in last place for health care, 39th for education, 48th in crime and 45th in infrastructure.

The top five states on the list were Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington.

Arkansas is trailed only by Mississippi in 49th place and Louisiana in 50th.

The ranking Tuesday comes less than a month after U.S. News named Fayetteville as the No. 5 best U.S. city to live in.


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  • Foghorn
    February 28, 2017 at 12:15 p.m.

    This is what happens when all of your legislators are preachers or former preachers without any real world experience, and your reps in DC are boot-licking lackeys who couldn't care less what happens back home. We end up in a dead heat for last with MS, the black hole of red states. Baptistan - formerly known as Arkansas.

  • OldGuard
    February 28, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.

    We have been a solid 48 going back to the 50's..

  • Queen1976
    February 28, 2017 at 12:41 p.m.

    This is no surprise to me, with all of our bible-thumping politicians - there's no room for progression in our great state. Look at how they're trying to dilute the Medical Marijuana Bill, even though we taxpayers have voted for it. And Little Rock needs to fire all city leaders & start over again!

  • kkj427
    February 28, 2017 at 1:41 p.m.

    The state motto has been Thank God for Mississippi as long as I can remember, because we do everything possible to attract big business but then let them pay low wages, and provide few benefits so all that burden to subsidize those low income employees falls on the taxpayers, so bad roads, bad schools, bad health, highest taxes in the region so we can keep big business happy.

  • TimberTopper
    February 28, 2017 at 1:46 p.m.

    Thank God for MS and LA!

  • titleist10
    February 28, 2017 at 2:25 p.m.

    High crime rate prob had something to do with it-LR is not a SAFE place

  • hurricane46
    February 28, 2017 at 3:03 p.m.

    No surprise there, when we're represented by Bozo, Cotton, and the other 4 do-nothings what would you expect?

    February 28, 2017 at 3:29 p.m.

    Because Republicans.

  • Packman
    February 28, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.

    This survey is total bullsh*t. Arkansas is #1 for duck hunting and by a wide margin. Point being the metrics are skewed and highly biased. Bullsh*t report.
    Hey DoubleBlind, hurricane, armanr=laughingstock and Queen - Give your partisan claptrap a rest. Same rating when Arkansas was controlled by D's. You literally could not pay me to live in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota or Washington. Seriously, folks, can you get good BBQ in any of those states?

  • PopMom
    February 28, 2017 at 4:33 p.m.

    Packman does have a point. How cold a state is definitely should figure into the equation. Louisiana has many problems, but that state has the best food. US News measures obesity, but does not measure the quality of the food. The South gets hammered again because of the number of guns and people shooting each other. I don't understand this love of guns, but some people just adore them. The other reason parts of the South score poorly has to do with education and economic development. If Arkansas just could scrape together more money for decent schools and make sure that the money actually goes to hiring the best quality teachers, then Arkansas could advance. Virginia has made great strides with better schools. Southern should not mean poorly educated.