Best States To Live In

Deciding on a place to call home can be a tough process. You’ll need to balance things like the cost of living with job opportunities, quality of education and safety. Personal preference also comes into the equation, as you’ll want to live somewhere with the types of attractions, recreational opportunities and weather that suit you. Luckily, there’s 50 states to choose from, from frigid Alaska to sunny Florida. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

If you do the math, some states clearly outshine others in various categories. To find out the best states to live, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on 51 key indicators of livability. They range from housing costs and income growth to education rate and quality of hospitals. Read on for the winners, additional insight from our panel of experts and a full description of our methodology.

Overall Rank
(1=Best)

State

Total Score

‘Affordability’

‘Economy’

‘Education & Health’

‘Quality of Life’

‘Safety’

1Massachusetts66.77432234
2Minnesota66.0061131012
3New Hampshire61.214234353
4New Jersey61.2148351571
5Colorado61.1425481229
6Wisconsin61.0732187913
7Virginia60.981813191910
8Iowa60.61132091616
9Utah59.71312102527
10Idaho59.0475272914
11North Dakota58.90201144617
12Pennsylvania58.8431372858
13Vermont58.8244191397
14New York58.6050262512
15Wyoming58.21416183615
16Maine57.683514113311
17Washington57.453786839
18South Dakota56.84196174220
19Nebraska56.262917133221
20Connecticut56.1746425189
21Illinois55.9945462466
22Florida55.59332334424
23California55.47491022218
24Montana54.86249162740
25Michigan54.662327301325
26Hawaii54.19417124119
27Oregon53.324022261134
28North Carolina52.862131361728
29Rhode Island52.86473221405
30Kansas52.742228232638
31Maryland52.673439202023
32Ohio51.532847331422
33Missouri50.961124322244
34Delaware50.43838294726
35Indiana50.39536372835
36Texas49.703615411532
37Tennessee48.111525383042
38Arizona47.873033352445
39Georgia47.522640432333
40Nevada47.273830392137
41Kentucky46.141644404530
42Oklahoma45.511229463743
43West Virginia45.16241475031
44South Carolina44.091434423449
45Alaska42.113921314950
46Alabama41.91143484446
47Arkansas41.50945454347
48New Mexico39.832750443148
49Louisiana39.791749493841
50Mississippi38.671048504836
 

 

Source: WalletHub