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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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