Best States: U.S. News and World Report Ranks California No. 23

California has been named the 23rd best state by U.S. News and World Report. The annual rankings place it nearly smack dab in the middle of America’s 50 states, thanks to some big wins (e.g. health care and the economy) and some big losses (e.g. government and opportunity).

Here are some specifics worth noting:

• California is #1 in business environment and #2 in GDP growth. Its overall ranking on the economy was #3.

• California ranks #10 in health care overall. But in terms of access, were at #43.

• California is #43 in commute time. We’re #42 in road quality.

• Despite its sustainability efforts, on energy, California is at #43.

• California’s government came in at #44. We rank dead last (#50) for budget transparency and #43 in fiscal stability.

The best state, according to U.S. News and World Report is Massachusetts. New Hampshire and Minnesota rounded out the top three.