Quality Of Life By State 2020

Quality of life is a measure of comfort, health, and happiness by a person or a group of people. In regions where there is good quality of life, inhabitants overall have good health, access to quality education, safety, and freedom.

There are several ways to measure quality of life across the states in the United States. One way is by checking out the U.S. News & World Report’s Best States study, which ranks quality of life. This report takes several factors into consideration when determining which states have the highest quality of life. This includes natural environment metrics, such as air quality and drinking water quality. This study also takes into consideration social metrics including voter participation and community engagement.

Based on this study, the state of North Dakota was determined to have the highest quality of life of any other state in the nation. Minnesota came in second, and the state of Wisconsin placed third.

The state of Alaska was ranked as first in terms of social environment, while Florida received the top ranking for natural environment.

The top 10 states based on this report were:

CNBC also performed its own study. Although the study is the Top States for Business, one of the metrics was Quality of Life. In this study, CNBC took into consideration factors including health care, inclusiveness, and crime rates. Based on these metrics, Vermont was found to have the highest quality of life. This state received the top honor because of its healthy population, a low rate of violent crime, antidiscrimination laws, and a beautiful outdoor environment.

Hawaii ranked second on this list due to overall well-being, the quality of the state’s air, and the health of its inhabitants. In third place is Minnesota, which has strong antidiscrimination laws, good overall health, and a low crime rate.

Based on CNBC’s report, these are the top 10 states with the best quality of life:

State Quality of Life Rank Healthcare Rank Education Rank Economy Rank 2020 Pop.
Washington14437,797,095
New Hampshire2165131,371,246
Minnesota31017185,700,671
Utah491023,282,115
Vermont511829628,061
Maryland6813266,083,116
Virginia7187258,626,207
Massachusetts82176,976,597
Nebraska9276211,952,570
Colorado10121115,845,526
Wisconsin111414245,851,754
New Jersey1262318,936,574
Florida13293921,992,985
Iowa14209323,179,849
North Dakota15382035761,723
Idaho16263361,826,156
Georgia1739301110,736,059
North Carolina1830251410,611,862
California19721439,937,489
South Dakota20321827903,027
Connecticut21312303,563,077
Kansas223315362,910,357
Delaware23152317982,895
Hawaii24129401,412,687
New York2513223319,440,469
Rhode Island26541201,056,161
Oregon27173654,301,089
Missouri284127236,169,270
Montana292826221,086,759
Tennessee304335126,897,576
Wyoming31421642567,025
Maine321928371,345,790
Michigan3324371910,045,029
Arizona342340107,378,494
Illinois3522194112,659,682
Indiana364024286,745,354
Nevada37314583,139,658
Texas3837341529,472,295
Ohio3935313811,747,694
Kentucky404438394,499,692
Pennsylvania4121324412,820,878
South Carolina423643165,210,095
Oklahoma434739343,954,821
Alaska44254746734,002
Arkansas454942433,038,999
New Mexico463449472,096,640
West Virginia474844501,778,070
Mississippi485046482,989,260
Alabama494650454,908,621
Louisiana504548494,645,184