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Worst States To Live In 2021

What defines the worst state to live in? 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 in. Others may classify a densely populated state 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 created lists based on various factors that give an overview of the worst states in the U.S. to live in. For example, the U.S. News & World Report has its Overall Best States Rankings. This report 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 survey, Louisiana was ranked as the worst state to live in.

Louisiana ranked worst in the nation for the Opportunity, Crime & Corrections, and Natural Environment. Following Louisiana is Alabama, ranking 50th for Education, and Mississippi, ranking 50th for healthcare.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the ten worst U.S. states are:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Alabama
  3. Mississippi
  4. West Virginia
  5. New Mexico
  6. Arkansas
  7. Alaska
  8. Oklahoma
  9. South Carolina
  10. Pennsylvania

Below is U.S. News & World Report's ranking for each state and each state's score in each category.

Worst States To Live In 2021

State Total Crime Economy Healthcare Education
Washington115344
New Hampshire2113165
Minnesota316181017
Utah4122910
Vermont5229118
Maryland62226813
Virginia7925187
Massachusetts84721
Nebraska92421276
Colorado102911211
Wisconsin1130241414
New Jersey1263162
Florida13319293
Iowa141932209
North Dakota1518353820
Idaho16862633
Georgia1727113930
North Carolina1814143025
California19234721
South Dakota2040273218
Connecticut21730312
Kansas2232363315
Delaware2336171523
Hawaii24540129
New York2510331322
Rhode Island261320541
Oregon273851736
Missouri2844234127
Montana2925222826
Tennessee3043124335
Wyoming3117424216
Maine323371928
Michigan3335192437
Arizona3442102340
Illinois3520412219
Indiana3634284024
Nevada373983145
Texas3833153734
Ohio3928383531
Kentucky4011394438
Pennsylvania4137442132
South Carolina4246163643
Oklahoma4341344739
Alaska4448462547
Arkansas4547434942
New Mexico4649473449
West Virginia4721504844
Mississippi4826485046
Alabama4945454650
Louisiana5050494548

Worst States To Live In 2021