U.S. News & World Report has ranked the states for the first time ever and have placed Massachusetts at the top of their list.

The media company has been ranking colleges, hospitals and more for years but says they decided to make their first ever state rankings in light of the power shift in Washington D.C.

Their rankings attempt to highlight which states are doing the best at what matters most to Americans...and they think Massachusetts is doing it best.

They cite the "vibrant academic environment, innovative and supportive health care policies and modernizing economy" as the keys to Massachusetts' success.

The article also says the Bay State has some of world's best universities and some of the nation's best hospitals.

Massachusetts' students also rank very highly...8th graders are ranked #1 in math and #2 in reading nationwide and nearly half of all Mass residents have attained a college degree.

See more of what U.S. News & World Report had to say about why Massachusetts is the top state here.

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