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One would be correct in assuming that states in the American West are among those with the strongest economies. But this list, compiled by 24/7 Wall St. via USA Today, contains a couple of ringers. Colorado came out on top, and West Virginia brought up the rear.

By several measures, the national economy is the strongest it has been in decades. The U.S. monthly unemployment rate now sits comfortably below 4%, and we are in the second longest period of GDP growth since World War II. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed economic growth, poverty, unemployment, job growth, and college attainment rates to compare and rank state economies. The best ranked states tend to have fast-growing economies, low poverty and unemployment rates, high job growth, and a relatively well-educated workforce, while the opposite is generally the case among states with the worst ranked economies.

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