Massachusetts among most financially stable states in America

by Liz Hughes

Massachusetts has been named one of the most financially stable states in America, according to a new report. 

Uplift Legal Funding scored all 50 states on six factors related to residents’ personal finances, including consumption of annual income as a percentage alongside the percentage of income saved, household debt-to-income ratios, annual personal bankruptcy rates and the number of savings and debt-related Google searches per state.

Massachusetts took the No. 3 spot, receiving a score of 63.6 out of 100 with the fourth-lowest personal bankruptcy rate at 50 per 100,000 residents and the third lowest household debt-to-income ratio of 1.24. It was also the fifth state likely to make debt-related Google searches at 312.2 searchers per 100,000 residents, according to the report. 

New York was the most financially stable state in America with a score of 69.7, followed by Connecticut at No. 2 with a score of 64.1.

“In the current economic climate, it is to be expected that U.S. citizens are turning to search engines like Google to better discover ways to alleviate debt and save money faster,” said a spokesperson for Uplift Legal Funding. “With consumer debt levels rising in line with the cost-of-living and inflation, the research aims to highlight the importance of living within means and creating personal finance plans.”

Despite breaking the top three, the Bay State ranked low for multiple factors including household debt-to-income ratio.

Here’s how Massachusetts ranked on all six factors that determined the list: 

  • Consumption as a percentage of income: 53.1%
  • Percentage of income saved: 16.9%
  • Household debt-to-income ratio: 1.24
  • Personal bankruptcy rate: 50
  • Savings searched per 100,000: 290.7
  • Debt searched per 100,000: 314.2

Wyoming, South Dakota and Rhode Island ranked fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. They were followed by Washington at No. 7, New Jersey at No. 8, Oklahoma at No. 9 and California at No. 10.

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