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