Just in time for the State of the Union address, Politico released its annual “State of the States” ranking, putting the District at No. 40.
That’s a six-spot jump from last year’s list, which considers factors like crime, obesity, education and life expectancy in its analysis.
D.C. led in the income category, with a per capita income of $45,290. But it also came out in front in the unemployment category, with a rate of 7.4 percent.
About 18.6 percent of D.C. residents live below the poverty line, which is a larger proportion than that of 44 states, according to Politico.
Minnesota topped this year’s list, edging out last year’s winner, New Hampshire. More than 92 percent of high school students graduate in Minnesota, one of the highest rates in the country.
Mississippi, which Politico says is “the poorest and, in some ways, sickest state,” took last place for the second year in a row.
Neighboring Maryland also moved up six spots, landing at No. 13. Virginia is ranked No. 18.