Worst States To Live In 2019

What defines the worst state to live? Is it a high crime rate, high poverty rate, lack of jobs, or something else? Some people may view a state with few urban areas and a low population as the worst state to live. Others may classify a state that’s densely populated, with a high cost of living as the worst.

As you can see, there’s not just one defining factor that makes a state a lousy place to live. However, some organizations and publications have created their lists based on various factors that give an overview of the worst states in the U.S. to live. For example, the U.S. News & World Report has its Best States ranking which looks at factors including education, health care, the economy, opportunities, quality of life, infrastructure, and public safety. The report gives weight to certain elements over others based on what matters most to citizens. For example, health care and education hold the most weight, as these are factors that are most important to U.S. citizens.

Based on the 2018 survey, Louisiana was ranked as the worst state to live. The state ranked worst in the nation for the opportunity and ranked 49th out of 50 for education. It ranked in the bottom 10 in other areas.

The next worst state as determined by this report was Mississippi, which ranked 50th in the nation in health care. It also ranked 49th in infrastructure and opportunity.

Coming in as the third worst state in the nation is New Mexico. This was ranked as the worst in the country in terms of education and was ranked 49th for crime and corrections.

The top 10 worst states based on this report were:

This isn’t the only report, however. CNBC also took a look at its Quality of Life category in its America’s Top States for Business report to rank the worst states in the nation. Factors including attractions, health care, quality of the environment, and violent crime rates were evaluated to create this list. Based on these factors, CNBC determined the worst states to live in to be:

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