The Case for Inclusion provides sub-rankings for each of the five major categories for a deeper understanding of each state's performance within each area.
As always, the rankings in this report are a snapshot in time. Most data from the 2012 report is from 2010, which is the most recent data available from credible, national sources. All data is sourced directly from the states to the federal government, and in response to public surveys. 2012 report comparisons are from 2007 rather than 2006, because that year's index was slightly different.