Washington topped the list overall, leading the pack for GDP growth and coming in the top five for high percentage of jobs in high-tech industries, highest change in non-farm payrolls, exports per capita, and independent inventor patents. Whether all of those categories excite you or not, things are going well in Washington.
California unsurprisingly made the top five, considering that as of 2017 it has the fifth largest economy in the world and a GDP that's bigger than the UK's and India's. Its economic health, however, came in all the way at 32nd place, which prevented it from taking a top spot.
Louisiana came in last place with an overall score of 26.07 out of 100 (compared to Washington's 81.30). The Southern state had the lowest GDP growth and came in the bottom five for lowest change in non-farm payrolls, lowest average educational attainment by recent immigrants, lowest percent of jobs in tech industries, and fewest independent inventor patents. It wasn't all bad news for Louisiana though, as it has the highest value of exports per capita.
To learn more about how this broke down state-by-state, check out the full study.