Rankings 2014

georgia

Education:

31st

Economy:

20th

Safety:

28th

Environment:

39th

Health:

35th

Infrastructure:

26th

Government:

8th

Results Champion?: YES

Georgia’s highest outcomes rankings come from government (8th overall) and economy (20th overall). the state is a poster fine example of efficient and effective state government, one that is fiscally stable, has a high credit rating, with a well funded pension system. The only government measure with poor outcomes is federal dependency, as Georgia relies heavily on federal grants. While Georgia has strong performance in business competition and economic diversity, nearly all the measures of individual citizen prosperity are failing. Poverty, household income, inequality; all are in the bottom 10 lists. However, there are areas elsewhere that the state fairs worse.

Environment, health and public education are fields in which Georgia lags behind other states. Georgia’s education numbers are most effected by poor performance in high school graduation rate and the number of 2-year degrees in the state. In health, the constant menace of healthcare cost and uninsured are present. Food insecurity is also a major factor in driving down Georgia’s health rankings. Compared to other states in the South, Georgia has lower comparative rates of smoking and obesity, indicating potential opportunity to improve on those behavioral areas across the population of the state. Rates of property crimes and incarceration are also high.

Recommendations
Improving the environment, Georgia’s lowest Goal area, should be a top priority. Air quality and carbon emissions are specific target areas to improve. Health and education can come next. Programs that improve high school graduation and entrance into 2-year associates and trade certification programs would be useful. Finally, reducing the cost of healthcare should be on the short list of major initiatives for Georgia to pursue.