Stop bragging about your beaches, mountains and culture, Californians. The latest study by U.S. News editors say all those amenities add up to nothing short of the worst “quality of life” in the United States.

The annual Best States ranking was part of a study that scored all 50 states across eight categories: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections, fiscal stability, and quality of life.

More weight was given to scores in categories that, based on a survey, “mattered most to people.”

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Due to that factor, health care and education were weighted the heaviest (16 percent), followed by state economies (14 percent), citizen opportunities (13 percent), and then infrastructure, crime and corrections, fiscal stability and quality of life. The data was derived from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company‘s Leading States Index.

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“This explains why Iowa, ranking No. 1 in infrastructure and No. 3 in health care, occupies the overall No. 1 spot in the Best States rankings,” as U.S. News writes. “And it explains why Minnesota, ranking No. 2 in quality of life and No. 3 in opportunity for its citizens, ranks No. 2 overall in the Best States rankings.” – KCRA

In calculating the rankings, each of the eight categories was assigned weightings based on the average of two years of data from an annual national survey that asked a total of more than 30,000 people to prioritize each subject in their state:

Best States for Quality of Life

#1 North Dakota

#2 Minnesota

#3 Wisconsin

#4 New Hampshire

#5 South Dakota

#6 Mississippi

#7 Arkansas

#8 New Mexico

#9 Iowa

#10 Colorado

#11 Wyoming

#12 Maine

#13 Montana

#14 Nebraska

#15 Missouri

#16 Kansas

#17 Oklahoma

#18 Oregon

#19 Alaska

#20 Idaho

#21 Washington

#22 Utah

#23 Rhode Island

#24 Delaware

#25 Massachusetts

#26 Vermont

#27 Kentucky

#28 Tennessee

#29 Michigan

#30 South Carolina

#31 Maryland

#32 Georgia

#33 Florida

#34 North Carolina

#35 Alabama

#36 Hawaii

#37 New York

#38 Connecticut

#39 Arizona

#40 Ohio

#41 Virginia

#42 Louisiana

#43 Nevada

#44 Pennsylvania

#45 West Virginia

#46 Texas

#47 Illinois

#48 Indiana

#49 New Jersey

#50 California

 US News– In addition to a healthy environment, a person’s quality of life is largely a result of their interactions with those around them. Studies show that when people feel socially supported, they experience greater happiness, as well as physical and mental health.

North Dakota and Minnesota are the most effective at promoting their citizens’ well-being by providing both a healthy environment and a sense of social connectedness. Other top states include Wisconsin, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Mississippi.


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