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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 75
Jul 5, 2016
Wow, Washington D.C. must be a great place to live.
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level 68
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 54
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 49
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 55
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 58
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 65
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 67
Dec 6, 2018
Exactly - pure typing test, especially on mobile...
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level 75
Dec 2, 2018
A little surprised by Alaska but I know their GDP per capita is very high.
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level 62
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 75
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 30
Dec 16, 2018
Many Alaskans live off the land....there was even a TV show about them. They are a hardy bunch, equipped for survival, unlike most in the lower 48 who wouldn't last 5 seconds without their Starbucks or smart phone.
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level 76
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 79
Dec 6, 2018
You're not doing enough raking.
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level 34
Dec 7, 2018
At 1 second left, "colorad" was in my typing box. Face palm. Woulda got em all.
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level 46
Dec 7, 2018
Not enough time to complete the quiz
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level 63
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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level 30
Dec 16, 2018
Where's California??? The land of milk and honey.....or I should say the land of corruption, governmental oppression, gangs, homelessness and poop filled sidewalks.
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level 54
Jan 29, 2019
For most of these states it is the result of investing in common services and a basic social protection floor. Really very simple. If more people in the US understood that we'd be in a much better place now across the board, not just these few states. The deregulated outliers here are enjoying a windfall from extraction industries, which, once it ends, will land them in the other pile along with West Virginia, Kentucky, etc.