Rankings 2014

west-virginia

Education:

48th

Economy:

43rd

Safety:

20th

Environment:

33rd

Health:

46th

Infrastructure:

34th

Government:

45th

Results Champion?: NO

Unlike Virginia, West Virginia has significant problems, as expressed by its Results measures. Overall the state’s highest ranked Goal area is environment, at 33rd in the country. In terms of individual measures, there is some room for praise. West Virginia has strong economic growth and low unemployment rates. The state government is also one of the best in using technology according to the Center for Digital Government.

Recommendations
Education and health are top priority for West Virginia. Nearly all (except high school graduation rate) measures in education are poor and a major education overhaul is recommended for the state. In health, the state should begin by addressing the discrepancy in the rate of uninsured. While the state is 11th in the nation for cost of healthcare, it ranks 32nd in rate of uninsured. Analyzing this issue may shed light onto other health related policy shift that can be made in the Mountain State.