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U.S. States with the Highest HDI

Name the 10 states of the U.S. that have the highest Human Development Index.
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HDI measures income, life expectancy, and education
Last updated: October 03, 2018
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HDI
State
0.955
Massachusetts
0.952
Connecticut
0.946
North Dakota
0.945
Minnesota
0.942
Colorado
HDI
State
0.941
New Hampshire
0.941
New Jersey
0.941
New York
0.940
Alaska
0.939
Washington
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level 74
Jul 5, 2016
Wow, Washington D.C. must be a great place to live.
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level 67
Dec 6, 2018
Well, at least as of a few years ago, very much yes.
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level 70
Oct 4, 2018
So many blue states on this list. So many red states on the lowest HDI quiz. Funny old thing, that.
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level 50
Oct 5, 2018
Well, correlation isn't exactly causation. Every single low HDI state in the US is in the south, while almost every HDI country is in the north. Its likely that the HDI is affected by industry and urban areas, which is why the southern states have poorer HDI while also having republican voters. The low HDI states usually have difficult weather too, with hurricanes and flooding being a major issue. If there were a correlation, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas would be lower on the HDI, as some of those states vote more republican than the southern states, but are relatively high on the HDI.
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level 48
Dec 6, 2018
urban areas in new hampshire? honey the entire state is basically a forest with a few houses scattered around
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level 54
Dec 6, 2018
The causation is almost certainly that the poorer states vote Republican because they are poorer. Or because they are more rural.
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level 48
Dec 6, 2018
One interesting thing to note is that while generally richer states are blue, the rich in those states are still generally Republican.
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level 57
Dec 6, 2018
Depends how you define "Republican." I grew up in New York around a lot of rich conservatives. They still vote Republican in most state elections, but they have whole-sale rejected the national GOP and its meddler-in-chief. Republicans in rich areas tend to care much more about low taxes than about the cultural warfare that Drumpf and his minions are waging.
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level 74
Oct 4, 2018
Hardly enough time to type the answers even if you know them!
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level 64
Dec 6, 2018
I thought the same thing. Not enough time to think about the answer and then type it. Another quiz that becomes a speed typing test.
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level 66
Dec 6, 2018
Exactly - pure typing test, especially on mobile...
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level 74
Dec 2, 2018
A little surprised by Alaska but I know their GDP per capita is very high.
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level 61
Dec 6, 2018
I was surprised by Alaska too. I guess if you have the means to live up there, you're doing ok.
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level 74
Dec 7, 2018
I don't think all Alaskans go hunting in helicopters. Pretty sure that's just Sarah Palin.
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level 74
Dec 6, 2018
The state I was born in and the state I live in now both made the list. Woo!
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level 53
Dec 6, 2018
What's wrong with us out here in California? Is it because of our crumbling schools? Few trains/buses? This rash that won't go away?
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level 78
Dec 6, 2018
You're not doing enough raking.
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level 33
Dec 7, 2018
At 1 second left, "colorad" was in my typing box. Face palm. Woulda got em all.
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level 43
Dec 7, 2018
Not enough time to complete the quiz
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level 59
Dec 7, 2018
All Upstate NY cities but Ithaca are decaying hellholes as are many parts of NYC. Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Newark, Trenton, Atlantic City, Camden, Jersey City, Paterson, Asbury Park all make a laughing stock of these Human Development Index "statistics". Once again, statistical averages don't mean squat when they balance some of the worst extremes in the pool. Go into any small town store in Alaska with a hundred bucks and see how far your gloriously high human development income gets you.
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