Perfect State Index: The Whole Picture

Below, all 50 states sorted by Perfect State Index. Select a category at the top of the table to sort by that category’s ranking.

PSI Rank
State
Difference from U.S. racial makeup
Share with bachelor's degree
Median age
Median household income
Share who call religion “very important”
  U.S. overall —* 29.3% 37.7 $53,482 53%
40 Alabama 36.6% 23.1% 38.6 $43,511 77%
45 Alaska 40.1% 27.7% 33.3 $71,829 41%
3 Arizona 34.0% 27.1% 37.1 $49,928 51%
29 Arkansas 28.9% 20.6% 37.8 $41,264 70%
39 California 62.5% 31.0% 36 $61,489 47%
19 Colorado 22.5% 37.5% 36.5 $59,448 47%
35 Connecticut 12.8% 37.0% 40.6 $69,899 42%
9 Delaware 21.3% 29.4% 39.7 $60,231 46%
8 Florida 20.5% 26.8% 41.8 $47,212 53%
20 Georgia 37.1% 28.3% 36.1 $49,342 64%
38 Hawaii 120.3% 30.5% 37.9 $68,201 44%
33 Idaho 43.2% 25.4% 35.7 $47,334 51%
1 Illinois 3.9% 31.9% 37.5 $57,166 50%
16 Indiana 37.5% 23.6% 37.5 $48,737 53%
16 Iowa 51.4% 26.4% 38.1 $52,716 53%
2 Kansas 30.6% 30.7% 36.1 $51,872 50%
44 Kentucky 48.0% 21.8% 38.6 $43,342 63%
43 Louisiana 39.8% 22.1% 36.3 $44,991 71%
46 Maine 65.2% 28.4% 44.2 $48,804 34%
30 Maryland 36.5% 37.3% 38.2 $74,149 50%
42 Massachusetts 25.7% 40.0% 39.4 $67,846 33%
15 Michigan 30.7% 26.4% 39.6 $49,087 50%
25 Minnesota 40.0% 33.2% 37.8 $60,828 46%
48 Mississippi 49.9% 20.4% 36.7 $39,464 74%
18 Missouri 37.5% 26.7% 38.3 $47,764 56%
37 Montana 61.3% 29.1% 39.8 $46,766 44%
6 Nebraska 37.9% 29.0% 36.2 $52,400 54%
12 Nevada 30.4% 22.5% 37.5 $52,205 44%
49 New Hampshire 59.9% 34.4% 42.6 $65,986 33%
23 New Jersey 13.9% 36.4% 39.5 $72,062 50%
41 New Mexico 77.1% 26.1% 37.1 $44,968 59%
6 New York 14.7% 33.7% 38.3 $58,687 45%
5 North Carolina 22.9% 27.8% 38.2 $46,693 62%
25 North Dakota 58.7% 27.3% 34.9 $55,579 53%
20 Ohio 37.3% 25.6% 39.3 $48,849 56%
31 Oklahoma 32.5% 23.8% 36.2 $46,235 64%
11 Oregon 34.0% 30.1% 39.2 $50,521 45%
4 Pennsylvania 32.0% 28.1% 40.7 $53,115 51%
10 Rhode Island 23.6% 31.4% 39.9 $56,423 48%
32 South Carolina 33.9% 25.3% 38.8 $45,033 69%
24 South Dakota 58.2% 26.7% 36.8 $50,338 57%
36 Tennessee 34.2% 24.4% 38.6 $44,621 71%
34 Texas 42.4% 27.1% 34.2 $52,576 63%
27 Utah 37.2% 30.6% 30.5 $59,846 58%
47 Vermont 64.5% 35.2% 42.6 $54,447 32%
14 Virginia 18.0% 35.8% 37.7 $64,792 60%
13 Washington 28.6% 32.3% 37.5 $60,294 44%
50 West Virginia 62.6% 18.7% 42 $41,576 64%
22 Wisconsin 41.4% 27.4% 39.2 $52,738 44%
28 Wyoming 47.7% 25.1% 36.8 $58,252 49%

Notes

Race subindex rankings are based on how far away each state is from the U.S. population percentage for each racial category defined by the Census: Black or African-American; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian/Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Two or More Races; Hispanic or Latino; and White Alone Not Hispanic or Latino.