Cleaner energy along with its tech sector are helping Washington state to lead the nation in the 2019 U.S. News Best States ranking.

According to the U.S. News’ Best States ranking of economic growth, cheap, climate-friendly electricity drives Washington’s economy. The tech-heavy state’s expectedly strong broadband network sits atop one of the nation’s best electrical systems, one well-positioned as the country shifts away from coal- and natural gas-generated electricity. The state expects to be coal-free by 2025, while still charging rates among the nation’s lowest.

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