Rankings 2014

texas

Education:

31st

Economy:

2nd

Safety:

36th

Environment:

30th

Health:

33rd

Infrastructure:

31st

Government:

10th

Results Champion?: NO

The government of Texas is 10 best in the US, with low taxes, low rates of spending, and a relatively transparent government. Economically, Texas is 2nd best overall. Its outcomes are solid across economic growth, median income, job and firm creation, and venture capital investment.

Prosperity in Texas is not equally shared by its citizens. The state has below average poverty figures and a very high rate of income inequality. Combined with an average unemployment rate, this implies Texas is home to scores of low-wage jobs, and this has been the major area of growth in recent years. This is no surprise given the below average outcomes in education. much like its neighbors, Texas has to also contend with poor public health.

Recommendations
Using the rewards of economic prosperity to improve education is one option for Texas. Since the government is efficient and effective compared to other states in the union, partnership with business to find solutions in Texas is one way to strengthen areas of poor performance.