America’s Worst States to Live In

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Recently the 24/7 Wall St. “Best America States to Live In” report ranked states on a number of quality of life issues and demographics. Mississippi came out at the bottom of the list as the worst state to live in, plagued by employment and lifespan issues.

Each state has its advantages and shortcomings. Often, Americans live in the state they grew up in because it is familiar and feels like home. Other personal factors are often behind why people live in a certain state. However, there are several more objective factors that drive people to — or away from — a certain state and can be used to help assess just how livable a state is.

These factors include an area’s economy, job market, crime rate, health care and more. Sometimes the best way of measuring these factors is to look at an outcome that best reflects the combined effects of living in a state. Mississippi had a poverty rate of 19.8%, the worst in the United States.

For example, differences in life expectancy between states can be caused by everything from differences in the regional quality of health care to the differences in state education systems and economies, which also can make a difference in health outcomes. The life expectancy at birth in the state was 74.9 years, the worst among all 50 states

To identify America’s best states to live in, 24/7 Wall St. ranked states based on an index of three factors — life expectancy at birth, the bachelor’s attainment rate among adults, and the poverty rate. While there are many different measures we could have reviewed, these three collectively have been identified as an effective way to sum up quality of life in a state in terms of health and prosperity.

These are America’s best states to live in.

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Click here to see our detailed findings and methodology.