Rankings 2014

mississippi

Education:

50th

Economy:

50th

Safety:

35th

Environment:

35th

Health:

50th

Infrastructure:

18th

Government:

37th

Results Champion?: NO

With the exception of an above average infrastructure for transportation, Mississippi has problematic outcomes. It ranks the worst overall of any state in the areas of education, health, and economy. While business friendliness and GDP growth rate are above average, The state has bottom 10 rankings in median household income, income inequality, and poverty.

Despite lower than average taxes and state debt, Mississippi receives the largest proportion of their annual budget from federal aid than any other state, the state pension system is underfunded, the size of government proportionate to population is high, and government spending is out of control.

Recommendations
Combating the endemic issues in health and education are top priority. Better education could stymie some of the problems of poverty in the state. After these issues are beginning to improve, addressing the size of government should come next.