Posted BY: Kara | NwoReport

A recent analysis by WalletHub, titled ‘2023’s Best States to Live in,’ has unveiled a comprehensive ranking of US states based on livability factors, offering insights into the best and worst places to call home. The study considered various dimensions: affordability, education, economy, health, and overall quality of life. Despite their affordability challenges, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Hampshire emerged as the top three states, showcasing their strong performance in education, quality of life, and economy.

New York and Wyoming completed the top five states list, with New York notably leading in quality of life due to its efficient public transportation system and bike-friendly infrastructure. Interestingly, the analysis highlighted a trend where blue states predominantly dominated the upper ranks while more conservative states like Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana struggled, falling to the bottom five. The methodology involved evaluating each state across different metrics, such as unemployment rates, crime levels, and average hours worked, culminating in a score out of 100.

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Massachusetts secured the top position with a score of 61.67, excelling in education and quality of life, even though it ranked 44th in affordability. New Jersey closely followed with a score of 61.48, showcasing strengths in education and quality of life despite affordability concerns. The third spot went to New Hampshire, which ranked high in economy and education, compensating for its lower affordability ranking. On the flip side, states like Alaska, New Mexico, and Louisiana fared poorly, facing safety, affordability, and quality of life challenges. Alaska was particularly impacted, ranked last in quality of life, and struggling in safety and affordability categories.

The lowest-ranking state was New Mexico, which struggled with safety due to high crime rates and traffic fatalities. The report indicated that states with vibrant tourist attractions and entertainment hubs tended to outperform less densely populated states in the rankings. Overall, the analysis provided valuable insights into the livability of different US states, shedding light on the diverse factors contributing to a state’s overall appeal as a place to live.