State Rankings

The 2017 Opportunity Index provides Opportunity Scores for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and for nearly 2,100 counties, which together represent 97 percent of the U.S. population.

  • Overall United States Opportunity Score: 52.4
  • 27 states and the District of Columbia scored ABOVE the national Opportunity Score.
  • From 2016 to 2017, opportunity INCREASED in 43 states and the District of Columbia, while it DECREASED in seven states.
Rank State Overall Opportunity Score
%
1 Vermont 63.300
2 Minnesota 61.800
3 Iowa 61.100
4 Massachusetts 60.500
5 North Dakota 60.400
6 Nebraska 60.000
7 New Hampshire 59.700
8 Connecticut 58.700
9 New Jersey 58.700
10 Wisconsin 58.100
11 Washington 57.900
12 Maine 57.900
13 Maryland 57.500
14 Kansas 56.800
15 District of Columbia 56.800
16 Virginia 56.600
17 New York 56.400
18 South Dakota 56.400
19 Hawaii 56.300
20 Illinois 56.100
21 Oregon 55.400
22 Utah 55.100
23 California 55.000
24 Rhode Island 54.500
25 Colorado 54.100
26 Montana 53.300
27 Pennsylvania 52.900
28 Delaware 52.800
29 Missouri 52.400
30 Michigan 52.200
31 Indiana 51.600
32 Idaho 50.800
33 North Carolina 50.700
34 Alaska 50.700
35 Ohio 50.700
36 Wyoming 49.200
37 South Carolina 48.800
38 Texas 48.700
39 Kentucky 48.200
40 Tennessee 48.100
41 Florida 48.100
42 Arizona 47.100
43 Arkansas 47.100
44 Georgia 46.900
45 Alabama 46.400
46 Oklahoma 46.400
47 West Virginia 44.800
48 Nevada 44.000
49 Mississippi 42.900
50 Louisiana 42.400
51 New Mexico 40.900

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