For all of us with Minnesotan pride, here is another tool for your arsenal when talking about how great our state is-Minnesota has been ranked the third overall best state in the US in 2019.
According to the US News & World Report, there are 71 metrics analyzed within eight categories including health care, opportunity, crime and corrections, and natural environment, that determine the states’ rankings. Each year, 50,000 citizens are surveyed on each category for their state.
The results show a fairly wide range of satisfaction, depending on the category, but all of which Minnesota ranks in the top 50 percent of states.
There are two categories in which Minnesota achieves the #3 ranking-opportunity and natural environment. Opportunity assesses our state’s cost of living index, which was slightly higher than the national average, household income, which was higher than the national average, and poverty rate, which was lower. This shows our state is great for both the young and the ‘young at heart’.
The other high-ranking category is the natural environment. Minnesota comes in at #3, just behind Rhode Island and South Dakota. This category looks at the number of days with unhealthy air quality, drinking water quality, and industrial toxins.
It’s no surprise that Minnesota is one of the top-ranked states for a healthy natural environment. We are the land of 10,000 lakes after all. However, aside from our beautiful lakes and pine tree forests, we also have fields all around us, growing golden kernels to help keep our air clean.
Minnesota is the #4 ethanol producer in the country, with 19 ethanol plants around the state. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ethanol made from corn helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45 percent compared to gasoline. That’s equivalent to removing 11.4 million cars from the road for an entire year.
You can fill your tank with E85, a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline, in your flex fuel vehicle (FFV). If you don’t have a FFV, any car model year 2001 and newer is approved to use 88 octane gasoline, otherwise known as E15. And for those of us driving our old, faithful cars into the grave, any vehicle that uses 87 octane/E10 is using a 10 percent ethanol blend, as required by the state. So, no matter what you drive, there is a cleaner-burning ethanol blend that’s right for you.
Check out the MN Fuels website to find a station near you that offers ethanol blends. And pat yourself on the back for helping Minnesota have a healthy environment.