The 10 Best States To Live In America For 2021

We used science and data to determine which U.S. states have it made.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best states to live in America.

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Do you live in one of the best states in America?

You might think people across the nation like to think they live in the best place in the country. After all, you wouldn't spend your lives somewhere that you truly didn't love. Right? Not always. In fact, according to a Pew Research Center study not too long ago determined that almost half of Americans would rather live somewhere else than they do now.

Well, if you're in one of the states we're about to highlight, odds are you don't want to go anywhere.

The purpose of this study is to use science to determine which of our great American states are the absolute best. While unbiased, this research does take into account factors that almost all Americans would agree are desirable. Therefore, while you may have strong opinions either way, you can't argue against the methodology.

What is the best state in America? Turns out New Hampshire is the best state to live in the country based on the data. The worst? You might not be too surprised that New Mexico takes the cake.

After analyzing all 50 U.S. states, here are the 10 best states to live in America for 2021.

Within the USA, there are some really lousy places to live and some super great places to live. Even in some large cities, there's a safe side of town and a rough side of town. If you live in the northeast, things are looking pretty rosy about now.

We're sure, many of you will be thinking - my state wasn't mentioned, but I love where I live! To that we would say great - good for you, but we only focused on the data for this analysis.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or check out more on the worst states in America. For more positive news, feel free to check out the best places to live in the country.

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The 10 Best States To Live In America For 2021

1. New Hampshire

New-Hampshire|Nh, NH

Population: 1,348,124
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $76,768 (Seventh best)
Median Home Value: $261,700 (16th best)
More On New Hampshire: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

It was close, but New Hampshire finished a tad bit ahead of Massachusetts when it comes to the best state to live in America for 2021. Is that a surprise? Possibly for everyone who lives outside of New Hampshire, it is. This is the third year in a row NH claimed this mantle.

New Hampshire just kicks butt in many ways. To start, crime is the second lowest in the country. When you look at the number of people killed in each state, it's pretty telling. California is way up here, and New Hampshire is way down here. There's 130x less violence in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire also has the nation's first least number of people living in poverty. That's a sign people are self reliant and independent. It doesn't cost an arm and a leg to live here; people are educated and really healthy. The only setback for youth is the high cost of getting a college degree, but there are lots of jobs in the area when you're done. The unemployment rate here is basically zero.

No place is perfect, while there's no income tax here, property taxes are through the roof.

Add it all up (other factors included), and you can't find a better place to live than in the Granite State. Overall, if you live in New Hampshire, you're likely a pretty happy camper.

2. Massachusetts

Massachusetts|Ma, MA

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,850,553
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,215 (Fourth best)
Median Home Value: $381,600 (Third best)
More On Massachusetts: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

Massachusetts is an awesome place to live. Households bring in over $74,000 a year, which isn't too shabby.

Homes are some of the most expensive in the country. That's a good sign that the overall economy in the Bay State is stable, and there's demand to live there. As economists, we know that home prices are the single biggest determinant of demand to live in a place and high home prices mean a lot of demand for this Northeastern state.

Massachusetts is also one of the most densely pact states in the county (3rd most), so there's plenty to do in a short drive.

3. New Jersey

New-Jersey|Nj, NJ

Population: 8,878,503
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $82,545 (Second best)
Median Home Value: $335,600 (Sixth best)
More On New Jersey: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

Growing up in New Jersey, I would have told you it's the best state, but I'll settle for #3. What other state can elicit a cheer from every native across the bar?

New Jersey residents are some of the wealthiest in the country; families here earn about $76,000 a year. It's pretty safe in New Jersey, as a whole. And you'd be hard pressed to find a state with a better funded and managed public school system. At least for now.

The downside? It's the most densely populated place in the state, and commute times are longer than almost anywhere else. That's even taking into account the long stretches in Jersey where there are more cows than people.

4. Connecticut

Connecticut|Ct, CT

Population: 3,575,074
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $78,444 (Fifth best)
Median Home Value: $275,400 (11th best)
More On Connecticut: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

Connecticut misses the top three for the first time in a while. Connecticut families are some of the wealthiest in the country, no doubt. But when you factor in the cost of living, those salaries don't go quite as far here as they would in other states.

Homes sell quickly here, and there are less vacant housing units in Connecticut than any other state. That's a very positive sign for the Constitution State. Connecticuters are also very educated. There are only three other states with bigger brains than here. The public schools are great here -- perhaps a little overcrowded, but not too bad.

And it's one of the least dangerous states in the country as well. Connecticut ranks as the sixth safest, in terms of annual crimes, and third lowest for violent crimes.

However, they certainly aren't spending all that money on the roads, nor are the highways in Connecticut safe. The Pothole State was voted as having the nation's worst roads. Half of them are considered in disrepair on any given year. Drivers can be selfish, and the wealthy people in Connecticut are sorta snobby. Guess you just have to have thick skin to live here.

Plus, we discovered that if you like people with fresh breath, Connecticut is your place. Connecticuters have the cleanest teeth in all the land. Definitely something to be proud of.

5. Hawaii

Hawaii|Hi, HI

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,422,094
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $81,275 (Third best)
Median Home Value: $615,300 (First best)
More On Hawaii: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

Our next stop is truly an island paradise. We're heading to Hawaii! Hawaii ranks as the fifth best state to call home for 2021. There's lots things that make Hawaii a great state. Hawaii gets an A-plus by CNBC for it's latest quality of life score, citing clean air, a ton of things to do, and really low crime rates. Plus, there's rainbows everywhere.

And amazing beaches.

It's expensive to live in Hawaii, sure. Home prices are the highest in the land - the average Hawaiian home costs over $690,000. You get what you pay for though - there's beauty around every corner, and most residents live a healthy, safe life, according to the numbers. Everyone wants to live here, as you can tell by the astronomically high home prices. That also means a lot of well educated folks call Hawaii home.

The state does not appear higher on the list because of a bit of a crime problem relative to the rest of the top ten, but nothing to sneeze at.

6. Rhode Island

Rhode-Island|Ri, RI

Population: 1,057,231
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $67,167 (16th best)
Median Home Value: $261,900 (15th best)
More On Rhode Island: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

Rhode Island, our sixth best state to live in America. Now, here in Rhode Island, the statistics are pretty solid. This is the tenth safest state you can live in, based on violent and property crimes per capita. It's also fifth in terms of number of residents who have medical coverage, and 14th in terms of secondary education.

What's also interesting about Rhode Island is that it is the 2nd most densely populated state in America. Some might say that's bad - they want wide open spaces. However, Rhode Island's commute times are about average, nothing like in nearby New York and New Jersey. That means while there are people all over here, it's not overly crowded. Having things to do, and social activities was part of what we measured.

Did you know Rhode Island has more donuts per person than any other state? That's right. There's donut shops everywhere here. You could get practically any type of donut on your short drive to work each day.

Rhode Island has a lot to boast about.

7. Vermont

Vermont|Vt, VT

Population: 624,313
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $61,973 (21st best)
Median Home Value: $227,700 (19th best)
More On Vermont: Biggest Cities | Photos

Vermont is a great place to live for completely different reasons. Crime here is really low; Vermont is the seventh safest state you can live in. (New Mexico is the most dangerous). There were only 10 murders in Vermont in all of last year. In Chicago, that many people get shot at one party!

If you value a good public school education, then Vermont is your place. The schools here are well funded, and just about the least crowded that you'll find in the country. That's not a surprise, since just more than a half million people live in the entire state. Vermont also ranks as the third best place for health insurance, too. Which means people here are healthy as a clam stuck in the mud.

And finally, Vermont has the beautiful Lake Champlain, one of the most picturesque places in the country. People in Vermont are like: Stop saying we're awesome. We don't want any more people moving here!" Sorry, Vermont, you're just so likable.

8. Virginia

Virginia|Va, VA

Population: 8,454,463
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,222 (Ninth best)
Median Home Value: $273,100 (12th best)
More On Virginia: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

Virginia took a bit of a hit this year as it's a bit too close to the swamp that is DC to maintain a higher position in the pantheon of best states.

Virginia and Maryland are just about the wealthiest states in the country. We're not saying that money is the cure-all for happiness, but it sure does help a lot. And you might be surprised to hear that Virginia is actually the 13th least dangerous state in the country. That's according to the latest FBI statistics, which measure violent and property crimes per capita.

The public schools in Virginia are above average and they are some of the least crowded you'll find. The only real category where Virginia did poorly is insured residents as over 10% of residents lack coverage.

9. Minnesota

Minnesota|Mn, MN

Population: 5,563,378
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $71,306 (13th best)
Median Home Value: $223,900 (21st best)
More On Minnesota: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

Minnesota moved up a spot to the seventh best states to live in America. Overall in Minnesota, people work pretty hard and have good values. The unemployment rate is the fourth lowest in America, and for darn good reason -- there's pride in work.

Minnesota is part of what we refer to as the 'nidwest' -- for northern midwest. And when you look at the numbers, the nidwest rocks when it comes to livability, second only to the northeast. In Minnesota, families earn about $63,000 a year, which is one of the highest numbers in the nation. And not only do they live relatively comfortable lives, folks in Minnesota are a lot safer than most other states, too. Houses are selling faster than in most other states.

The only knock on Minnesota is of course, the weather. Minnesota winters were actually voted as the worst in America. There are long stretches in Minnesota when you're trapped at home. You can't even get your car doors open, much less drive through all the snow.

Minnesota thinks it should be first in America. That's a little aggressive, Minnesota. You're pretty cool, but not THAT cool.

10. Maryland

Maryland|Md, MD

Population: 6,018,848
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,805 (First best)
Median Home Value: $314,800 (Seventh best)
More On Maryland: Biggest Cities | Photos | Average Rent

Rounding out the top ten best states for 2021 is Maryland. Sunshine on your shoulders can make you happy. It's been proven. And in Maryland, the sun shines a lot. Some of the best places include Mount Airy and Bowie, while not exactly known names, they beat Baltimore handily.

Maryland families command the highest salaries in the U.S. with more than $78,000 a year combined income. In addition to the great public schools in Maryland, residents are some of the most educated in the country. A staggering 41.0% of adults have completed college which ranks as the second best in the country.

So overall, Maryland is a pretty great place to live according to the numbers.

How do you decide if a state is awesome or not?

In order to rank the best states to live in the United States, we had to determine what criteria people like about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, insurance, things to do and a stable economy.

So we researched the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for the best states in the nation for 2021

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the most recent 2015-2019 American Community Survey , this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low Median Income
  • Low Home Values
  • Low Levels of College Education
  • A lot of uninsured people
  • High Crime
  • High poverty

We then ranked each state from 1 to 50 for the criteria with a #1 ranking being the best for the particular criteria. Next, we averaged the rankings into one "Best Place To Live Index".

Finally, we ranked every state on the "Best Place To Live Index" with the lowest index being the Best State To Live in America for 2021, New Hampshire. You can download the data here.

If you'd like to see the complete list of states, from best to worst, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the abridged chart.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the states themselves. This list is based on data. It's also not a testament to the effectiveness of local law enforcement.

There You Have It -- The Best States To Live In The Country

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the best states in America is usually a subjective matter. But if you're analyzing states with the best economic situations, where there's low crime and low poverty (for the most part), this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the worst states in the USA, according to science. Apparently, things are not too charming in the south:

  1. New Mexico
  2. Louisiana
  3. Oklahoma

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What Are The Best States In America For 2021?

Rank State Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 New Hampshire 1,348,124 $76,768 $261,700
2 Massachusetts 6,850,553 $81,215 $381,600
3 New Jersey 8,878,503 $82,545 $335,600
4 Connecticut 3,575,074 $78,444 $275,400
5 Hawaii 1,422,094 $81,275 $615,300
6 Rhode Island 1,057,231 $67,167 $261,900
7 Vermont 624,313 $61,973 $227,700
8 Virginia 8,454,463 $74,222 $273,100
9 Minnesota 5,563,378 $71,306 $223,900
10 Maryland 6,018,848 $84,805 $314,800
11 Wisconsin 5,790,716 $61,747 $180,600
12 New York 19,572,319 $68,486 $313,700
13 Utah 3,096,848 $71,621 $279,100
14 Pennsylvania 12,791,530 $61,744 $180,200
15 Maine 1,335,492 $57,918 $190,400
16 Washington 7,404,107 $73,775 $339,000
17 North Dakota 756,717 $64,894 $193,900
18 Iowa 3,139,508 $60,523 $147,800
19 Delaware 957,248 $68,287 $251,100
20 Colorado 5,610,349 $72,331 $343,300
21 Wyoming 581,024 $64,049 $220,500
22 California 39,283,497 $75,235 $505,000
23 Illinois 12,770,631 $65,886 $194,500
24 Nebraska 1,914,571 $61,439 $155,800
25 Idaho 1,717,750 $55,785 $212,300
26 Ohio 11,655,397 $56,602 $145,700
27 Oregon 4,129,803 $62,818 $312,200
28 Indiana 6,665,703 $56,303 $141,700
29 Kentucky 4,449,052 $50,589 $141,000
30 South Dakota 870,638 $58,275 $167,100
31 Michigan 9,965,265 $57,144 $154,900
32 Montana 1,050,649 $54,970 $230,600
33 Kansas 2,910,652 $59,597 $151,900
34 Florida 20,901,636 $55,660 $215,300
35 West Virginia 1,817,305 $46,711 $119,600
36 Texas 28,260,856 $61,874 $172,500
37 Georgia 10,403,847 $58,700 $176,000
38 North Carolina 10,264,876 $54,602 $172,500
39 Missouri 6,104,910 $55,461 $157,200
40 Nevada 2,972,382 $60,365 $267,900
41 Alaska 737,068 $77,640 $270,400
42 Arizona 7,050,299 $58,945 $225,500
43 Tennessee 6,709,356 $53,320 $167,200
44 South Carolina 5,020,806 $53,199 $162,300
45 Arkansas 2,999,370 $47,597 $127,800
46 Mississippi 2,984,418 $45,081 $119,000
47 Alabama 4,876,250 $50,536 $142,700
48 Oklahoma 3,932,870 $52,919 $136,800
49 Louisiana 4,664,362 $49,469 $163,100
50 New Mexico 2,092,454 $49,754 $171,400

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71 thoughts on “The 10 Best States To Live In America For 2021

  1. Ya? Check it out, I’ve lived in many states and traveled the U.S. Arizona hands down is one of the WORST STATES to reside! It is riddled w/ crooked politicians, police, the courts are a joke! This is a PRISON STATE period. They make their money locking you up. People end up dead here at an alarming rate. Ive lost 3 friends in 2 months time. Now Arizona does have the most beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and mountains you have ever seen! Just breathtaking! The lakes are nice, the drives are beautiful. The weather is outstanding except the summer time. Summer is the most miserable weather ever. So aside from the people as a whole, Arizona rocks!!!

    1. Um….I live in Arizona. I am not overly thrilled with it, but I don’t know about your comment about being a “Prison State.” I have not ever had a problem with the law but I am a firm believer that if you do things that are illegal, you should pay the price. I am glad that Arizona isn’t some panty waste state that caves to the criminals. You might want to think about staying out of trouble.

      1. Kathy, that was a brilliant reply…You were not demeaning in any way and if that person listens, you may have just saved a life, and that is a fact. I really hope they take that as correctful rather than hateful. It takes class to care about one another and to reach out, keep up the great work…Your patents have to be real proud of the person they have left on this earth…

  2. Are you SERIOUS??? Florida is the worst??? Ohio SUCKS!!!! According to BLS, Ohio’s unemployment rate is MUCH higher than Florida. Secondly, who in their right mind would prefer snow over warm weather??? I live in this frost bitten boring state and I can only DREAM of living in a tropical paradise that offers a permanent summer climate. This list is totally inaccurate. A second choice of a great city to live would be Las Vegas. 85% sunshine all year round and warmer climates. Interesting how the boring cold climate states are on the top of the list.

    1. I grew up in Ohio and lived there for 24 years before moving to South Dakota. Yes, the unemployment rate is pretty high. But with a proper education(which is pretty easy considering the education system in Ohio and outstanding), then it shouldn’t be too hard. And you think the winter sucks in Ohio? Try heading to South Dakota in the winter time. With temps that get well below zero on a daily basis. I’ve experienced temps as low as -72. And the snow falls between October and May and once it falls, it doesn’t melt until the spring. Ohio’s winters are very mild compared to the midwest. And I would absolutely love to move back to Ohio and raise my kids there. Sure, Florida does sound absolutely amazing to anyone living in a state that gets snow…But just because it’s by the ocean and warmer doesn’t mean it’s a better state. And the colder states are closer to the top because the population is typically lower, therefore making the crime lower, employment rate lower, and the income higher. Here in South Dakota businesses are desperate for help because there just isn’t enough people to fill all the positions everywhere.

    2. Ohio has many upsides too, I grew up there. Also, I lived in Florida for 3 years, and it sucks. There are many terrible drivers, and most natives there are just what you call “Florida Scumbags”. Believe me, Florida is a great vacation spot, but it’s not a better place to live than Ohio.

      1. I agree. Born in Ohio. I always refer to it as the great State of Ohio. While I am no big fan of the snow and the cold it is nice to experience 4 seasons. Housing is affordable, plenty of things to do from sports, the arts, camping etc. 3 major cities. Nice rest areas, decent highway system, diverse. There are jobs if you have the right skills set, Columbus Ohio is a test market and I love that. I have traveled to many states and love visiting Fla, Cali, New York, DC, etc I am glad I was born and raised in Ohio

    3. Some people like the seasons and don’t want it hot all the time. We love our fall and spring in Ohio and there are some great places in Ohio, don’t rank on another state to make you feel better about your own.

    4. I live in Lake Tahoe, and will take snow to heat any day of the year.
      Anything over 55 degrees F is too darn hot.

    5. Ugh I hate the hot weather Vegas was my worst night mare 110 all summer long yuck… I live in Monterey Ca and it’s amazing here but my husband wants to move to a more rural place… trying to figure out a good in between

  3. Living in the Utah community of St. George, 125 miles from Las Vegas NV I am always intrigued at the state and community rankings. 1st let’s take Utah and the lowest spending per pupil. Consider, Utah is the highest in birth rate and the lowest average age in the nation. Given this fact it’s worth noting that some of the highest ranked public schools systems and universities, both public and private are found in Utah. Imagine that, lower spending and higher levels of education! New concept!
    2nd, we are a balanced budget state with an almost $1B surplus, the lowest un-employment rate and highest job growth rate in the nation. In fact, more large block venture capital money is flowing into Utah than any state in the nation.
    3rd, the St. George area is a warm desert climate with 12 area golf courses, over 50 miles of paved biking trails that follow rivers and scenic byways, among the lowest per kilowatt hour of electricity rates in the nation, and a very modest cost of housing and living. St. George is the gateway to 4 national parks and several national monuments with very similar weather to Las Vegas, but very low crime, pollution and minuscule traffic problems by comparison. St. George has a new regional airport serviced by United Express and Delta Connection jet service to multiple cities. It is bisected by I-15 and is an easy drive to the pacific ocean or the Wasatch Front mountains of Salt Lake City. Google it! A pretty amazing place!

    1. I like it I am trying to get into low income housing waiting list but it will be awhile I live in northern colorado right now but do plan on moving I just do not like the cold winters here I was in town a few years back it did get cold that winter it was 5 degree that Morning what a site to see snow on the palm trees

  4. I am looking for a safe inexpensive place to live. Where jobs are plentiful, decent wages, good jobs, etc.

        1. Cy, you hit the nail on the head about the quality of like in OKC and Tulsa. Miserable summers, constant road construction, lousy health care, not a single decent place to eat (know one? Tell me!), and, when you turn on the local news every day, at least three deadly shootings are being reported. Add to this the fact that the “Constitutional Carry Law” just passed and will become law on November 1, meaning any idiot can buy a gun without a permit and carry it openly. Every single night will sound like New Year’s Eve in Saigon.

    1. That would be the international space station. Inexpensive for the astronauts, because the earthlings pay for everything! And so far, 99% employment (everyone except a couple of space tourists), zero crime rate, zero traffic accidents, zero dog bites.

    2. Virginia has everything. It is not to densely populated which can be good or bad depending on who you are talking to. You get all four seasons. Not to hot and not to cold. It has the most historical landmarks. Great hiking. Rolling hills and valleys.

      1. I’ve lived in VA for 38 years, not a fan. (Va. Beach, Norfolk, Hampton) Granted the only reason I stay is due to my job (Military) and my son living here. Granted yes we get every season, but other than the mild weather, VA doesn’t offer much. I will not retire here. There isn’t really anything to do other than the normal BS. I’m moving south or far west as soon as possible.

  5. Nice research on Kansas. That’s a picture of Wichita, not Kansas City, and our public schools are poorly funded. I wouldn’t trust anything you write.

    1. Yeah, this writer is an idiot, and obviously has a huge bias for the midwest. Especially boring areas. Born and raised in Kansas, can’t wait to leave. Only thing worth staying here for is my friends. The climate sucks, the politicians suck, the schools suck (NOW), and the state is boring. You rank Kansas above beautiful forested areas like Oregon? Idiotic.

    2. Rusty, I agree with you both on the picture and the schooling. It could be just Wichita schools. I know must of the Wichita schools have a large portion of students on free or reduce lunches. There are a lot of issues in the Wichita schools.

  6. As a person who lives in Florida, yeah the weathers great. But everything else sucks. We have a huge water issue going on which is leading to toxic bacteria on the east coast, terrible flesh-eating bacteria in the Gulf, 215 million gallons of irradiated water sinking into our aquifer. The people here are rude, the drivers suck so bad. Half of them are 75 and don’t know where they are while driving an SUV. The education system is the worst in the country so if you have kids and want them to do landscaping, great. That’s all they’ll be qualified for with a HS diploma from FL. If you like having a labor union to protect your rights, forget about it. It’s so over-populated that driving 5 miles will take you 45 min to an hour. I’m not looking forward to the snow, but I’m getting the hell out of here as soon as I can.

  7. I lived in Florida for over two years and it was nothing but a disaster from start to finish. The rent is expensive as hell, every other person you see is some type of law enforcement officer, and if you do not have a boat or some type of watercraft I cannot really see any advantage to living there or anywhere in the south for that matter. want to get worse than that? I was born and raised in Jackson,Mississippi and I can tell you it is no longer the place you want to be today. I now live in Wyoming, and can tell you this, I have never been as satisfied as far as a place to live! Come back to America! I am from the south, and the south sux ass, ALL OF IT!

  8. I live in New Jersey it is very dangerous I cannot see how it made the number 10 list. The taxes are the highest in the country and we have the worst car insurance with the highest rates.

    1. We have the highest property taxes here in NJ, but not the highest tax burden overall (not yet anyway). Like all states, safety depends on where you live, Camden, Trenton, Newark, Elizabeth…not safe at all, but other areas like Princeton, Hope, Medford, etc are extremely safe. Also, our car insurance rates being the highest isn’t true either, NM and FL both have much, much higher insurance rates, and our DMV fees are actually much lower than other states, by hundreds of dollars in some cases. NJ is far from perfect, but it absolutely deserves to be on the top 10 list, you get easy access to NYC and Philly city events, attractions, culture and jobs/salaries (if you’re willing to brave the commute), you get quaint historic towns going back to pre-revolutionary times, ample jobs, urban, sub-urban or country living, miles of beach towns, boardwalks and public beaches, and the best pizza in the country (everyone is entitled to their opinion on this, mine just happens to be correct). I was born and raised here and have traveled all across the country, and NJ gets a really bad wrap, its certainly not for everyone and there are no doubt better places to live as everyone’s needs are different, but most of the stereotypes about NJ are way off. That said, my wife and I are looking to move out to one of the states further up the list, but I don’t regret a single day here.

    2. Right!? I almost choked on my coffee when I saw NJ made the top 10 list! Get real! People in NJ are fleeing that cramped, ridiculously over-priced State in droves! I just moved from NJ to beautiful, affordable NC!

  9. I live in Florida and it’s not the best I’ve been here eating since I was 4 and was living in a apartment and they up the rent for one bedroom to $800 and now I’m in a one bedroom home paying $500 I’ve been trying to find a job because the job I have now (Disney) being part time one day a week or some weeks nothing my husband and I wanna find another state to move to but all my family lives here in Florida

    1. Well you’d probably get a 10✖️10 storage for that price in Connecticut without maintenance and utility bills.

  10. Well with all u guys have said tell me the best
    state to live in d coz i wud want to explore it been a first timer

  11. I live in Vermont it is not a good place to live the outta staters have come in and ruined it the schools stink, taxes are supper high im trying to save up so I can get out .

  12. New Jersey is #4? You’re kidding, right? You should realize that the high earnings also come with an incredibly high cost of living. We are one of the most taxed states in the nation. Our public education system is in shambles. I’ve lived here for 52 years and the state becomes increasingly unaffordable every year. I’m hoping to sell my business this fall and get the hell out of here for a less expensive, less stressful life somewhere in the mountain west. Thinking about moving to Jersey? Fuggedaboudit

  13. What science did this moron use to compile this list? Maybe a to much weed millennial? Are you kidding those states are some of the best huh? BAHAHAHA sounds like one theses obnoxious nozzle sounding New England goof balls. Freeze your balls off states for a long time, and higher taxes on average then in Maryland. And Maryland is kind of high tax. Maryland is way above those states.

    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    Minnesota (Photos)

  14. Why not let each of us have access to the metrics and adjust to what is important to us. Obliviously taxes were not factored into this metric. I live in KY but grew up in MA and there is no way in heck I would ever move to a high taxed state

  15. Hello,

    Did you know that your best neighborhoods to live in 2016 do not have pictures of NYC when you are talking about nyc neighborhoods?
    Just thought I’d let you know. Like your site, though.

  16. Atlanta and it’s sprawling suburbs can say “great place for business” and “southern charm” all they like. I disliked this place in the 1970’s when I suffered my high school years here, and returning recently to assist my elderly parents, can say it’s gotten much worse: moderate-to-poor air quality almost always, abysmal traffic, same old corrupt politics. The red clay, the closed-mindedness, the bugs, the humidity, their low country boil racial animosities and near complete short sightedness to address transportation issues in a huge way as, and has been for decades, so desperately requiring serious attention (not window dressing). This Atlanta (and its ever expanding suburbs hell hole can have its “on the surface” southern charm, its sweet tea and its Mercedes Benz Stadium (after all sports and eating out are only eclipsed by the corruption here). This towns business leaders won’t be satisfied even if they could raze every tree possible to build ever more mind-numbing look-alike housing and shopping in-fill, and by gosh they are trying their darn best to do just that. A truly regressive, rapacious, redneck, mentally segregated place with undeserved feelings of pride with good people too who are fooling themselves this is a good place to live. Anyone who has seem something of the country should know better unless it’s is just case of being naive and/or home town bias.

  17. I was born in California, grew up from 5-18 years old in Arizona then spent the next year traveling up and down the eastern side of our nation. Each state has its pro’s and cons but I dont believe Arizona is by far the worst state. Missouri is pretty harsh and simply i just cant handle dense population. Tent city by far is how jail should be, you arent supposed to want to go back. Yea sure some loony crooked politicians and police enforcement are present but where in this country are we 100% free of that. Crime is lower where im from because people are less likely to rob you or your home/business since permits to carry are not required. It keeps the honest people honest. And no tolerance laws make people think twice before doing dumb stuff. Besides it being only 2 weeks of spring and fall with the rest blazing or freezing Arizona isnt half bad. Idk that is just my opinion.

  18. why not just post the data in a Google spreadsheet so we can weight each column?

    A persons view of the future will dramatically change this list.

    I believe our financial system is on it’s last leg and we are haeded for a mini ice age.
    Based on that, I would avoid densly populated areas and avoid northern states.

    Food shortages will turn densly populated areas into a war zone (you ever seen a parent with a hungry child?).

    If the northern part of the country is covered with ice, farms will fail.

    Being trapped with no income and no heat in freezing cold will be a hell no one should have to face.

    If I’m right, you may be steering a lot of people to a horrible death.

  19. You seem to have your facts wrong. New Hampshire does not have a state income tax; although, you state it is not ranking as high as its neighboring states at $71,305. Let’s look at that. Massachusetts with a state income tax probably does not rank higher than NH. The other neighboring states: Conn at $73,781 with a state income tax, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine are well below NH. Try to get your figures correct.

  20. This website is absolute left wing garbage the states that’s high up on this list are absolute garbage!! I live in Jersey and it’s the Worst and everyone is leaving at record numbers just like in California, New York and Maryland! Don’t let the the numbers fool you look deeper for the contents!

  21. This information is missing the cost of living and the ridiculous fines and laws and the poverty levels in some of these liberal states !!
    Not to mention the number of the size of the working poverty class!!

    These are outdated census estimates that’s wrong !! New Jersey do not belong on this list at all or New York !

  22. Unemployment rates??
    Job growth?
    Average homeowner cost??
    Sounds like a Democratic website trying to save these failing states lol

  23. 😠 Why Is Alabama (My Home State) The Worst. Ugh, I’m Getting So Mad. So Mad I Could Destroy The Other States. 😠

    1. The list is ridiculous! Alabama is an incredible State!! My daughter is moving to Huntsville this weekend after completely falling in love with AL on some recent trips down there. She is super excited to be calling it home soon!

  24. I agree with everyone saying this article is garbage. Connecticut absolutely should not be in the top 5 or top 25 for that matter. People complain left and right about how they can’t wait to get out of this state. Taxes are astronomical for one thing!

  25. Always easy to tell when a millennial creates these lists. Take one look and you’ll see that every single state marked as the best are all liberal blue states while red states are all marked as terrible. Tell me this kid, why is it Texas now has the second most Fortune 500 companies and will definitely pass New York in the future, has cheap taxes, you can actually afford a house, and live a decent life rated lower than California which companies are moving out of all most daily, cost a damn fortune to live in, taxes are extreme, and most can’t ever afford to buy a home? I guess it’s all about the population size as you say is better for some strange reason! Enjoy living in your crime infested filthy cities and I’ll enjoy my low taxes, five bedroom home, three cars, and a job that pays me very well!

  26. I don’t know why people really believe Texas is the best place to live in the US. I live south of Houston and I despise it here. The low taxes and big houses aren’t enough to overcome the pervasive redneck mentalities here.

    Texans love to brag about their state being a diverse paradise, but many of the jerks I live near are very hostile towards anybody that is not a straight white evangelical. I have heard uncouth comments made against blacks, Jews, Mexicans, Muslims, gays, Asians, you name it. And most people in the Houston area oppose LGBT rights, since they believe it may apparently legalize older men going to women’s bathrooms. Yes, the megachurches have a stronghold in politics and daily life here.

    The local culture here revolves around guns, God, right-wing populist politics, the Old Confederacy, and country music. Nothing else.

    Speaking of guns, many grown men love to shoot at cars that “piss them off” on the freeways, even having bullets fly into the heads of toddlers. It doesn’t help that Houston has a high rate of deaths from road rage incidents (and also a high rate of traffic-related deaths). It also doesn’t help that Texans in general are arrogant, violent people!

    But I still find it funny that Texas is portrayed by Texans as a low crime, clean state when places like Alvin, Angleton, Tomball, Spring, Deer Park, Magnolia, and Baytown are literal holes!

  27. Who paid you to put RI on the top 10.
    Really… LMAO
    You are definitely WRONG.
    and now I question this whole article.

  28. I’ll sum up this analysis simply as **Blue State**. We moved from Massachusetts where I was born and loved to live to the Mid-West (Ohio) and it is much more affordable. But, Ohio is hardly the best example. Many of the “red states” that you’ve listed have the highest cost of living states! (See Sperling’s cost of living comparison calculator.) If you developed your index from median income numbers instead of raw-average adjusted for cost of living index you’d lose the obvious bias for high-tax blue states like Mass, Conn, NJ, Calf and have a measure that describes relevant data instead of this tax-and-spend fantasy relo guide. Your best states are the ones everyone is leaving by every reliable measure. Do the math!

  29. One thing I would mention about your comment about New Hampshire, “No place is perfect, while there’s no income tax here, property taxes are through the roof”. Well statistics can be skewed. If you live in certain towns or near the ocean or in the lakes region (near Jimmy Fallon and Mitt Romney) well yes, you’ll pay a lot in property taxes. I live in Manchester where the taxes are quite low. So it’s one of those numbers that must be dissected to understand.

  30. You forgot to mention that the only reason people Think Connecticut people’s breath doesn’t stink is simply that most of them are mean mediocre, frustrated housewives and ignorant Lucky con underachievers so, fortunately, they don’t get to speak and smile often their mouth stays closed all day gossiping on their phone instead. #$Corruption$

  31. Between you and I you know danm well that Connecticut shouldn’t be anywhere but in the worst state list or better worst state in the whole danm Universe. Many years later whenever I’m down, all I have to do to boost my dopamine is think of the day I was driving away from Connecticut. Connecticut to me is like a really horrible white European and confused Italian film with a bunch of millennial mediocre’s playing extras. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  32. Mass might be nice to live in as long as you stay in your house. The moment you get in your car prepare to do battle. The drivers are incredibly rude, aggressive and dangerous.

    Rent is ridiculously expensive and I don’t know how anyone can afford to live in the Boston area.

    Maybe it’s better outside of the Boston area, but it’s pretty bad near the city.

  33. Interesting how this list based on “science” and “data” has no links to the sources they got their information from. This makes this list invalid off the bat. Also, I would love to see the science behind putting “high population density” as criteria. News flash: the vast majority of people live in cities, which have a much higher population density than the state. Big states like Cali and Texas are nerfed and Small states like the northeast are buffed. This disqualifies big states, advantages small states, and is just dumb as fuck in general.

  34. Defiantly another false statistic agenda. Hawaii really? You cant even buy a livable house in Hawaii for under a million. Average salary at 78k? Are you kidding me? Not even close. Most native to Hawaii live multiple generations is a house hold far to small to even accommodate their needs. The rest are military. And everything listed as best is long term democratic controlled, high crime waste pits. In fact of you take your little chart here and flip it. You will have a much more accurate chart to the best states to live in. With the exception of Mississippi. That state does in fact stink to live there lol.

  35. The best State to live in US is Texas and Fort Bend County specifically, the county has the best job growth in the country is without any doubt Fort Bend County, the rate of employment in the county grew by 6.71%; approximately from 359, 000 employees to 383, 000 employees between 2017-2018. Therefore, if you are looking for employment or in search of a suitable destination for your business then Fort Bend County is the ideal choice for you.

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