Most developed state in the USA by HDI (2021)

Human Development Index also known as HDI for short is the ranking of regions by 3 major factors which are: life expectancy, education, and per capita income. The higher the life expectancy, education, and per capita income of a region are, the higher the ranking.

Below is the ranking of each state of the United States of America by Human Development Index as rated by the United Nation. Massachusetts is the most developed state in the U.S. while Mississippi is the least developed state by HDI.

RankStateHDI (2019)
1Massachusetts0.956
2Connecticut0.954
3Minnesota0.953
4New Jersey0.948
4New Hampshire0.948
4Colorado 0.948
7North Dakota0.946
7Washington 0.946
9Hawaii0.945
10New York0.944
11Maryland0.941
12Vermont0.940
13Nebraska0.939
14Wyoming0.938
15Alaska0.936
15California0.936
15Delaware0.936
15Oregon0.936
15Virginia0.936
20Iowa0.935
20Utah0.935
22Illinois0.934
22Wisconsin0.934
24South Dakota0.932
25Rhode Island
0.930
26Pennsylvania0.928
27Kansas0.927
28Maine0.922
29Montana0.921
30Ohio0.919
31Michigan0.918
32Texas0.917
33Florida0.916
34Arizona0.913
34Missouri0.913
36Idaho0.912
36Indiana0.912
36North Carolina0.912
39Georgia0.910
40Nevada0.909
41New Mexico0.906
42Oklahoma0.901
42Tennessee0.901
44South Carolina0.898
45Louisiana0.893
46Kentucky0.890
47Arkansas0.886
47Alabama0.886
49West Virginia0.882
50Mississippi0.871

Here are some stats for the District of Columbia and other territories.

  • District of Columbia has an HDI of 0.946 which would place it 7 on the list
  • Guam has an HDI of 0.901 which would place it at 42 on the list
  • U.S. Virgin Islands has an HDI of 0.892 which would place it 46 on the list
  • Northern Mariana Islands has an HDI of 0.875 which would place it 50 on the list
  • Puerto Rico has an HDI of 0.845 which would place it 52 on the table
  • American Samoa has an HDI of 0.827 which would place it 53 on the table

The U.S. average is 0.926 which places it 28 on the table.

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