Rankings 2014

rhode-island

Education:

26th

Economy:

44th

Safety:

9th

Environment:

19th

Health:

13th

Infrastructure:

36th

Government:

48th

Results Champion?: YES

Despite being adjacent to many states with low environmental outcomes, Rhode Island’s are above average. The state has low carbon emissions and average air and water quality. The state does have one of the lowest rates of renewable energy generation, possibly related to the size of the state and relative lack of area for large wind and solar farms. The state also has good public health measures, though not as good a neighboring Massachusetts. Low cost of healthcare in particular this state does well. More than any other goal areas, Rhode Island has impeccable public safety outcomes, especially in traffic fatalities.

Rhode Island has very low overall outcomes in economic and government measures. Economic growth is flat and the state has low rates of job and new firm growth. Rhode Island is also one of the worst states for business. in terms of government, high taxes, high levels of debt, and lack of financial transparency make Rhode Island 48th nationally fir government effectiveness.

Recommendations
Some of the economic measures are a factor of the size of the state. Lack of available land to construct new business facilities or create new jobs can play into the growth rate of the state. However, this is only one factor. Looking for ways to stimulate economic growth is one area Rhode Island needs to focus. Second is government. The state has poor fiscal outcomes and reducing the level of debt, lowering taxes, and making government more transparent, would improve the states’ government measures.