Best States To Live In

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 2019 Pop.
Washington17,666,343
New Hampshire21,363,852
Minnesota35,655,925
Utah43,221,610
Vermont5627,180
Maryland66,062,917
Virginia78,571,946
Massachusetts86,939,373
Nebraska91,940,919
Colorado105,770,545
Wisconsin115,832,661
New Jersey128,922,547
Florida1321,646,155
Iowa143,167,997
North Dakota15760,900
Idaho161,790,182
Georgia1710,627,767
North Carolina1810,497,741
California1939,747,267
South Dakota20892,631
Connecticut213,567,871
Kansas222,910,931
Delaware23975,033
Hawaii241,416,589
New York2519,491,339
Rhode Island261,056,738
Oregon274,245,901
Missouri286,147,861
Montana291,074,532
Tennessee306,833,793
Wyoming31572,381
Maine321,342,097
Michigan3310,020,472
Arizona347,275,070
Illinois3512,700,381
Indiana366,718,616
Nevada373,087,025
Texas3829,087,070
Ohio3911,718,568
Kentucky404,484,047
Pennsylvania4112,813,969
South Carolina425,147,111
Oklahoma433,948,950
Alaska44735,720
Arkansas453,026,412
New Mexico462,096,034
West Virginia471,791,951
Mississippi482,987,895
Alabama494,898,246
Louisiana504,652,581