Washington named top state in nation when it comes to best economy

SEATTLE — We’re No. 1! At least when it comes to the economy…

Washington was just named the Best State Economy in the nation by WalletHub, and it had a healthy lead over second-place Utah.

The agency compared all 50 states plus D.C. in 28 metrics across three general categories: Economic Activity, Economic Health, and Innovation Potential.

As you might imagine, Washington scored well in all three categories, including first place in Economic Activity Rank, 2nd in Innovation Potential and 4th in Economic Health.

Image: WalletHub

Among individual categories, the Evergreen State scored tops in GDP Growth and Exports per Capita, 4th in percent of jobs in high-tech industries and 10th in startup activity.

Scores were added up into a 100-point scale with Washington finishing at 77.60, ahead of Utah (73.51), and Massachusetts (70.23). California and Colorado rounded out the Top 5. Oregon landed in 8th.

The state with the worst economy? It’s a near 5-way tie at the bottom with Alaska faring the worst, just ahead of Louisiana, Mississippi, Hawaii and West Virginia.

This post originally appeared on KOMO News.

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