Rankings 2014

alabama

Education:

44th

Economy:

37th

Safety:

44th

Environment:

26th

Health:

48th

Infrastructure:

23rd

Government:

37th

Results Champion?: NO

Compared to its sister states, Alabama has low taxes, high water quality and low workplace injury reports. However, this is where the positive outcomes end.

Overall, measures for education, health, Safety, and economy are in the doldrums. K-12 education outcomes in particular are poor and should be an area of policy concentration. High cost of healthcare, obesity, smoking, food insecurity, and life quality are also major concerns in Alabama. Economically, the state’s biggest challenge is poverty. Measures for violent crime and rate of incarceration are also poor.

Recommendations
Combating poverty through increased education performance is good option for the state of Alabama. Many of its health outcomes, such as food insecurity and obesity, are correlated to the poverty issue. Following this increasing government transparency would be useful to improving the outcomes for this state.