MARYLAND - Those who live in Maryland might think of the state as the best in the country, but a new survey ranks Maryland eighth in the nation overall.
A new report from U.S. News & World analyzed things like healthcare, government and crime to compile the list.
When it came to education and opportunity, Maryland was in the top five because of low poverty rates and high household incomes.
State and local leaders were pleased with the ranking.
"We have a pretty sweet state. It's a pretty sweet state on so many levels, so it doesn't surprise me," said Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner.
Maryland's lowest rating out of the categories was 22nd in the nation, when it came to crime.
Virginia made the list at number 11. Pennsylvania came in at 30, and West Virginia was ranked at 41.