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:
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
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.