BISMARCK, N.D. — A financial news organization has named North Dakota the best-run state in the country for the second consecutive year.

Delaware-based 24/7 Wall Street announced its annual state rankings late last week.

The rankings are based off a survey of data including government services and the state's financial health. Several areas such as taxation, unemployment, education, graduation and foreclosure rates are also reviewed.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple took notice of the top rating in a statement Monday. Dalrymple said high rankings from items like the 24/7 Wall Street annual survey are a sign that the state's policies are working.

"We are in a strong position to provide tax relief, maintain a healthy reserve while also investing in statewide infrastructure improvements, education, enhancements to our quality of life and other priorities," Dalrymple said.

Rounding out the top five in the rankings were Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and Utah.

The study can be found at www.247wallst.com.

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