US News Metric Categories

Healthcare

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Healthcare is the heaviest weighted factor in the rankings at 16.0%.  In 2017, TN ranked 42nd.  In 2018, TN slipped to 43rd and stayed at 43rd in 2019.  Factors include healthcare access (38th), healthcare quality (31st), and public health (43rd).

Education

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Education is second heaviest weighted factor in the rankings 15.8%.  In 2018, TN ranked 28th.  In 2019, TN fell to 35th.  Factors include higher education (23rd) and PreK-12 (38th).

Economy

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Economy is weighted at 13.8%.  In 2017, TN ranked 32nd.  In 2018, TN showed significant gains to 13th.  In 2019, TN inched up to 12th.  Factors include growth (10th), employment (14th), and business environment (25th).

Opportunity

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Opportunity is weighted at over 12.7%.  In 2017, TN ranked 37th.  In 2018, TN gained to 31st.  In 2019, TN increased to 26th.  Factors include economic opportunity (41st), equality (9th), and affordability (22nd).

Infrastructure

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Infrastructure is weighted at over 12.9%.  In 2017, TN ranked 23rd.  In 2018, TN showed strong gains to 15th.  In 2019, TN increased to 13th.  Factors include energy (29th), internet access (18th), and transportation (8th).

Crime and Corrections

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Crime and Corrections is weighted at 9.9%.  In 2017, TN ranked 45th.  In 2018, TN increased slightly to 43rd.  In 2019, TN stayed consistent at 43rd.  Factors include corrections (12th) and public safety (47th).

Fiscal Stability

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Fiscal stability is weighted at 10.5%.  In 2018, TN ranked 5th in Fiscal Stability.  In 2019, TN increased to 1st.  Factors include long-term (1st) and short-term (7th).

Natural Environment

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Natural Environment is weighted at 8.4%.  In 2018, TN ranked 28th.  In 2019, TN fell to 37th, however, in 2018, this category had both natural environment and social environment included.