North Dakota ranks second in the nation in “opportunity”

North Dakota is the land of opportunity, according to new survey.

Opportunity Nation, in partnership with Measure of America, ranked North Dakota second in the nation in a state-by-state survey designed to assess the opportunities that allow individuals to climb the economic ladder of success.

“The priority that North Dakota’s citizens and leaders are placing on the idea of opportunity is a shining example that deserves to be held up as best practices for other states to emulate,” said Mark Edwards, executive director of the Opportunity Nation Campaign. “The state’s score of 61 percent falls behind only one other state in the country, Vermont, who scored a 64.29. While extremely commendable, opportunity scores are calculated on a scale of zero to 100, so there’s still plenty of room for improvement for the state to make in the years ahead.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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