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: