Michigan Ranked No. 36 State in America

A story published Friday on Politico ranked the Great Lake State No. 36.

Michigan ranks #36 in the country, according to Politico.

The political website ranked all 50 states based on 14 state rankings from sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI, and other factors including high school graduation rates, per capita income, crime rates and life expectancy. The website admits that its approach is not scientific.

The rankings, which came out Friday, follow Gov. Rick Snyder's Jan. 16 State of the State address in which declared Michigan “the comeback state,” citing successes in the auto industry, the state’s budget surplus and a growing population. The #36 ranking, however, indicates there is still much work to be done in the Great Lakes State.

[Read: People Stop Leaving Michigan in Droves]

“While we have seen some successes in specific sectors in Michigan, I think it’s important to remember that some key facts were left out of the governor’s speech,” said State Rep. Jim Townsend in his most recent Capitol Update. “The auto industry is recovering thanks to intervention from the federal government. We only have a budget surplus because so much funding was cut from our schools since Gov. Snyder was sworn in. And most importantly, Michigan’s unemployment rate continues to stagnate and is consistently higher than the national average.”

New Hampshire came out on top of Politico's list , followed by Minnesota, Vermont, Utah and Massachusetts.

Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi were at the bottom.

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