How did Missouri do when Americans were asked to rank the states?

Cecelia Hanley
Springfield News-Leader

Someone in a London-based data group, probably to get back at the U.S. for 1776, asked a little more than 1,200 Americans to rank the states. 

The international data company, YouGov, asked participants in a series of head-to-head matchups to pick the state they thought was “better.” 

Missouri did not rank well – coming in at 43 – but it bested Iowa, which came in at 46 and Arkansas at 44.  

However, those Kansas Jayhawks were two places ahead of the Show-Me State.  

YouGov reported that each respondent saw seven match-ups, and no respondent saw a state twice. The company said that data was weighted to be nationally representative of all U.S. adults 18 and older. The survey was conducted between March 12-15, 2021. 

According to the news release, Hawaii is in first place, which makes sense. Hard to compete with paradise. 

Alabama is the state that placed last, but the survey included the District of Columbia, which is not a state, but placed last in the list — below Alabama.