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Forum staff reports , Published November 25 2013

North Dakota named best run state again

FARGO – North Dakota has been named the “Best Run” state for a second year in a row by 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St., an online business news distributor, uses factors such as financial health, standard of living and government services to decide how well states are managed.

North Dakota was ranked first while Wyoming, Iowa Nebraska and Utah were among the top five states, according to a statement from Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

North Dakota’s GDP grew by 13.4 percent last year, according to the 24/7 Wall St. study. The state’s economy has outpaced all other states for the past three years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Since 2000, North Dakota’s per capita personal income has increased by more than $29,000 while the nation’s average per-capita personal income has increased by $13,400, said a release from the governor’s office.