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Mississippi ranks ahead of Alabama, Louisiana in ‘best states’ list by US News & World Report

‘Brain drain’ doesn’t apply: Why these young people stay in Mississippi

Young people, both Gen Z and millennials, talk about why they decided to stay in Mississippi despite bigger or better opportunities in other states. Mississippi is a victim of "brain drain," losing young people faster than most other places in US.
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Young people, both Gen Z and millennials, talk about why they decided to stay in Mississippi despite bigger or better opportunities in other states. Mississippi is a victim of "brain drain," losing young people faster than most other places in US.

Mississippi is a better state to live in than both Louisiana and Alabama, according to the 2019 Best States Rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings take into account the health care, education, economy, roads, bridges and safety of each state, among other things.

Overall, Mississippi is ranked No. 48 on the list of best states, however, the state is ranked higher/lower in other categories.

  • Health care: 50
  • Education: 46
  • Economy: 48
  • Infrastructure: 45
  • Opportunity: 44
  • Fiscal stability: 44
  • Crime and corrections: 26
  • Natural Environment: 11

Alabama and Louisiana claimed the bottom two spots on the best states list at No. 49 and 50 respectively.

Washington was named the No. 1 state overall according to the rankings.

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