Best States To Live In 2019

What is the best state to live in? If someone asks you what the best state to live in is, you’ll probably say your state or a state you’ve lived in before. If you ask your neighbor, a friend, or a relative, their answer may be different. Everyone has a different opinion of the best state based on different factors. One person may like one state because it isn’t densely populated. Someone else may enjoy another state because of its weather. Because we all have opinions on what makes something the “best,” it’s hard to determine exactly what state is the best to live.

However, some publications and organizations have done their research, looked at various factors, and have created lists of the best states in the United States. One of the most comprehensive records is the Best States list published by the U.S. News & World Report.

This list looks at multiple points of data to determine the best states in the nation. Metrics include health care, education, the economy, infrastructure, quality of life, state fiscal stability, and public safety to determine the best states. This survey doesn’t rank every data point equally. Some factors weigh more heavily than others. For example, education and health care hold more weight than the quality of life. Each state was given a score across a range of categories to determine which was the best.

Here is a list of the top ten best states to live in the United States:

  1. Iowa
  2. Minnesota
  3. Utah
  4. North Dakota
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Washington
  7. Nebraska
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Vermont
  10. Colorado

According to 2018’s report, Iowa is the best state to live. Iowa came in first when it came to infrastructure. It was ranked third for health care, fourth in opportunities for its citizens, and fifth in education.

Coming in second on the list was Minnesota. Standout categories for the state included quality of life, which was ranked second in the nation, and opportunity, which was ranked third.

In third place is Utah, which came in first in fiscal stability, second in the economy, and third in education.

The fourth best place to live was determined to be North Dakota, which ranked first in quality of life, second in fiscal stability, and second in infrastructure.

The fifth best place to live was New Hampshire, coming in first for the opportunity, second for crime and corrections, and fourth in education and quality of life.

State Total State Rank Healthcare Rank Education Rank Economy Rank Crime Rank 2019 Pop.
Washington1443157,666,343
New Hampshire21651311,363,852
Minnesota3101718165,655,925
Utah49102123,221,610
Vermont5118292627,180
Maryland681326226,062,917
Virginia71872598,571,946
Massachusetts821746,939,373
Nebraska927621241,940,919
Colorado1012111295,770,545
Wisconsin11141424305,832,661
New Jersey12623168,922,547
Florida1329393121,646,155
Iowa1420932193,167,997
North Dakota1538203518760,900
Idaho162633681,790,182
Georgia173930112710,627,767
North Carolina183025141410,497,741
California1972142339,747,267
South Dakota2032182740892,631
Connecticut213123073,567,871
Kansas22331536322,910,931
Delaware2315231736975,033
Hawaii241294051,416,589
New York251322331019,491,339
Rhode Island2654120131,056,738
Oregon2717365384,245,901
Missouri28412723446,147,861
Montana29282622251,074,532
Tennessee30433512436,833,793
Wyoming3142164217572,381
Maine3219283731,342,097
Michigan332437193510,020,472
Arizona34234010427,275,070
Illinois352219412012,700,381
Indiana36402428346,718,616
Nevada3731458393,087,025
Texas383734153329,087,070
Ohio393531382811,718,568
Kentucky40443839114,484,047
Pennsylvania412132443712,813,969
South Carolina42364316465,147,111
Oklahoma43473934413,948,950
Alaska4425474648735,720
Arkansas45494243473,026,412
New Mexico46344947492,096,034
West Virginia47484450211,791,951
Mississippi48504648262,987,895
Alabama49465045454,898,246
Louisiana50454849504,652,581