Massachusetts is the best state in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s new ranking of the Best States released Tuesday.

The Bay State led its 49 competitors because of its strong performance in health care and education, two categories Americans prioritize as very important.

In August, US News ranked the best hospitals in the nation and this region was well represented with both Mass General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals earning spots on the coveted ‘Honor Roll’ of best hospitals.

“These rankings once again demonstrate how highly regarded Boston health care institutions are on the national scale,” said Dr. David Torchiana, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker weighed in on Tuesday’s state rankings.

“We have a lot of really smart people, we have a lot of great schools,” Baker said. “That has led to a whole series of terrific what I would call ‘ecosystems’ around technology and health care and finance and education. And you put it all together, and in this day and age, in this kind of global economy and global world we live in, it’s a terrific mix.”

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