You always knew that Massachusetts is the absolute best place ever, but now we’re giving you the facts to prove it. Check out all of the ways Massachusetts ranks number one in the nation and in our hearts.
1. We're the number one state to live in!
As of 2015, Massachusetts was ranked best overall state to live in by 24/7 Wall St. The group reviewed statewide social and economic measures to rank each state’s living conditions. Massachusetts, home to one of the country’s wealthiest and most highly educated populations, leads the nation.
For the ninth consecutive year, Massachusetts ranked best in the nation in education according to Education Weeks Quality Counts report. In 2014, Forbes calculated that if Massachusetts were a country, its students would rank 9th IN THE WORLD (based on the results for the Program for International Student Assessment).
3. New technology.
That’s right: as of 2015, Massachusetts is number one in the nation high-tech research and development, testing and life science industries, according to the Boston Globe and CompTIA, a tech industry association. (That's Kismet, the AI robot at MIT.)
4. Amazing small towns.
Lexington was recently ranked as the best small town in the nation in terms of education and health, according to WalletHub. The number two spot went to Milton! Brookline was ranked as the best suburb in America according to a recent study by neighborhood analyst Niche.
5. Energy efficiency.
Massachusetts leads the nation in energy efficiency, according to State Energy Efficiency Scorecard (ACEEE) results.
6. Massachusetts is the best place to be a teacher.
WalletHub ranked Massachusetts as the best state for teachers, followed by Virginia and Minnesota. The report considers job opportunity and competition for teachers in each state.
7. We're the best at celebrating patriotism.
Boston’s annual Harborfest celebration is the largest patriotic celebration in the country. The week-long Fourth of July celebration features a fireworks display and concert by the Boston Pops as well as a cruise in Boston Harbor by the USS Constitution.
8. Staying healthy.
Massachusetts has the most doctors per 100,000 residents in the country and the lowest percentage of uninsured residents in the nation.
9. We're the best in the world at sticking to our constitutional roots.
Drafted by John Adams, the Massachusetts Constitution is currently the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the world.
We’re truly lucky to live in such an accomplished state. What are some things you think Massachusetts is the best at?