Rankings 2014

california

Education:

41st

Economy:

24th

Safety:

20th

Environment:

49th

Health:

13th

Infrastructure:

47th

Government:

37th

Results Champion?: NO

The state has an above average set of public health measures. California boasts a population that is fit and healthy with low rates of smoking and infant mortality. Although the state has a culture of healthy activity, it also suffers from high cost of healthcare, and high rates of uninsured. California also has the largest economy, and serves as a historical meeting place for innovative businesses and venture capital. Despite the innovation, California’s economy suffers from severe inequality, high cost of living, and persistently high unemployment rates.

Despite California’s number of national parks, world class scenery, and 10th place ranking for renewable energy, its environment is in trouble. The state holds bottom 10 rankings in carbon dioxide emissions (49th place), water quality (45th) and air quality (48th). Dense urbanized population is a primary reason the state’s CO2 and air quality outcomes. The state also falls flat in overall education (41st) and infrastructure (47th). The state’s financial situation remains poor and should be a primary topic of policy reform.

Recommendations
The environment is a persistent concern in California. A state that has a track record as an innovator should channel this creativity into finding solutions to improve its air quality and carbon dioxide issues first. Additionally, California’s education system, especially K-12, is an area any public servant should seek to improve. Finally, reducing government spending, lowering average citizen tax burden, and stabilizing the state’s credit are important steps to improve California’s government measures.