Massachusetts, home to one of the nation’s wealthiest and most highly educated population, leads the nation in quality of life. Mississippi, the poorest state in the country, trails the other 49 states according to 24/7 Wall St. that reviewed three statewide social and economic measures — poverty rate, educational attainment, and life expectancy at birth — to rank each state’s living conditions. Socioeconomic outcomes vary greatly between states.
West Virginia came in at 49th place. That is no surprise. Here is a link to the rest of 24/7 Wall St. ratings. Nine of the ten with the poorest quality of life are in the South. That too is no surprise. What is a surprise is that Florida came in at number 30.
California at number 15 is the result of the high cost of housing. The median home value in California is $449,100, more than double the value of the typical home nationwide. If you can handle that then it is a great place to live as there is no snow in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Life expectancy is the third highest in the nation.
New York state is dominated by NYC is at 13th place. If you love the really big city that never sleeps it might be the place to live.
I would have thought that Hawaii might be in 2nd place but it’s at a mere 10th place. High incomes do not go as far in Hawaii as they would in other states. Goods and services cost about 17% more across the state than they do on average nationwide, the highest cost of living of any state.
Connecticut in second place and appears to be a great place to live.
Interestingly the people of America are not entirely in tune with the above opinions. Below is a U.S. Census map showing the change in population from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016. California’s low percentage growth is a consequence of being the most populated state. With 10 year growth of 11% it now has a population of over 39 million people. As there are over 324 million people in the USA, that means that 12% of the all Americans live in California.