Vermont is down, but not out.
In the perennial Vermont vs New Hampshire slugfest, the Granite State won a major victory this week— New Hampshire took second place in the U.S. News and World Report "Best States Survey."
Vermont finished 10th.
New Hampshire received the highest possible grade in the "Opportunity" category and scored higher than Vermont in "Health Care", "Education", "Infrastructure" and "Economy."
Vermont bested New Hampshire only in "Government" and "Crime and Corrections." Even with the recent crime wave in the Upper Valley, statistically speaking Vermont is the safest state in the Union.
The U.S. News survey is hardly the final word in the decades long slugfest between the two states. But here's a reason both states might call for a timeout and attack the real enemy. No way Massachusetts is Number 1. Not possible. But there it is, right at the top of the rankings.
Robert Frost got it right when he called New Hampshire “one of the two best states in the Union,” the other being Vermont.