Niche uses eight factors for its rankings, with each factor given a different weight. A whopping 60% of the score is based on academics and grades, which is calculated using state assessment proficiency tests, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses.

Illinois by the numbers: Potential wind energy capacity: 191,349 megawatts - Currently installed wind energy capacity: 6,409 megawatts - Current wind energy generation as percent of state's electric grid: 9.9%