Rankings 2014

Tennessee

Education:

39th

Economy:

32nd

Safety:

38th

Environment:

24th

Health:

43rd

Infrastructure:

24th

Government:

2nd

Results Champion?: YES

Tennessee is one of the most efficient and effective state governments. The state has low taxes, stable pension system, and an open data portal. With the exception of federal dependency, which Tennessee ranks 47th, the state has excellent outcomes in this area.

In the areas of education, economy, public safety, and health, Tennessee is below average. Food insecurity and infant mortality in Tennessee are some of the worst in the nation. Tennessee also falls short in violent (50th) and property crimes (41st). The state also has poor rates of 2-year and 4-year degree attainment.

Recommendations
With proper government outcomes, Tennessee can now focus on specific policy areas. First should be health, where the state suffers from many of the health choices that are common among neighboring states, such as obesity and smoking. After this, encouraging college education would not only increase the rate of education in Tennessee, but may also improve the income inequality numbers in the state.