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Louisiana has unseated Mississippi as the worst state, according to Politico Magazine’s latest rankingof the states based on factors like education, health, wealth, crime, unemployment and death.

Mississippi has for the past two years come in at the bottom of the list, which attempts to identify which states are in strong positioning, compared to others.

Politico explains its methodology this way: “To pull the list together, we consulted 14 existing rankings from sources like the U.S. Census Bureau, the Center for Disease Control and the FBI, and then averaged each state’s different rankings. The resulting list, inspired by American Mercury editors H.L. Mencken and Charles Angoff’s 1931 series “The Worst American State,” doesn’t promise scientific infallibility. But it’s based on the simple idea that education, health and wealth generally make us better off, while crime, unemployment and death do not.”

New Hampshire came in at No. 1.

Read the rest of the rankings and how Louisiana stacks up here via Politico Magazine.