A new report from Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS) titled "The 2008 Camelot Index" attempts to rank states according to their overall quality of life. This unique study compiles states’ rankings on 27 indicators grouped into the following six categories: a healthy economy, healthy people, a crime-free state, an educated population, high-achieving public schools, affordable public colleges and universities, citizens who vote and raise children in stable homes, and a well-managed state government with good bond ratings and low taxes.
North Carolina ranks 39th overall (as in 38 states are more like Camelot). Here are NC's specific rankings in the six categories included in the study: Economy: 28th; Health: 42nd; Crime: 41st; Education: 46th; Society: 38th; Government: 10th.
The top states overall are New Hampshire followed by North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota. The “worst” states are Louisiana (50th), Mississippi (49th), South Carolina (48th), New Mexico (47th), and Alabama (46th). Incidentally, Virginia is the only state in the south to crack to the top 15, nabbing the 14th overall spot.
Like all studies that attempt to quantify something as elusive as "quality of life" or in this case, similarity to Camelot, this one has its limitations. Nevertheless, it is important to take stock of where North Carolina stands relative to its peers. That's something that the NC Progress Board used to help the state do. Who will pick up where they left off?
This is a subscription-only report so I can’t insert a link, but if you’d like to know more about this study shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.