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Old 10-23-2013, 05:59 AM
 
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Hi guys. I would like to discus which state has the best quality of life. I mean lower unemployment, more job opportunities, better economy, lower crime, lower consumer prices, etc… and other things; in other words the better balance of everything.

I suggest it could be some of the states in Midwest area, for example, Minnesota or maybe Colorado. Or possibly the other area such as Maine or Washington? I understand that for many people the best state is the state where they live, but let’s be unbiased

So, what is your opinion?
Based on those criteria it would appear North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota if one looks at unemployment rates, crime rates and "overall economy", however most don't limit "quality of life" to those criteria alone. Weather, cultural/social opportunities and political leanings are as important as the economics to most and largely those states are lacking in the positive aspects of those categories. I think as already pointed out "quality of life" is too broad to define on the state level.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:43 AM
 
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NOT California. I would say: Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Virginia, Maine, Colorado and Vermont.
Ironically, California is the only US state to ever place high on any quality of life or happiness index (and even then it is just one or two cities). Normally, the better cities are all in Canada, at least as far as the N. American continent goes anyway.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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Pacific NW, Upper Midwest and New England states.
This.

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Based on those criteria it would appear North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota if one looks at unemployment rates, crime rates and "overall economy", however most don't limit "quality of life" to those criteria alone. Weather, cultural/social opportunities and political leanings are as important as the economics to most and largely those states are lacking in the positive aspects of those categories. I think as already pointed out "quality of life" is too broad to define on the state level.
What do you mean by cultural/social opportunities? How would Minnesota be lacking in that?
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:07 AM
 
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North Dakota has amongst the lowest population density but a ton of jobs.
Well, I suppose it might be great for the tiny number of people living in that huge state.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Many polls and magazine articles have tried to answer this question, and have come up with (usually) the same results as iNviNciBLe3, above. Except they included Hawaii, too.
Yes Hawaii.
I also forgot Colorado and Utah....
You could probably throw in New York, California and Florida in there as well. High cost of living but high wages and world class cities.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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Based on those criteria it would appear North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota if one looks at unemployment rates, crime rates and "overall economy", however most don't limit "quality of life" to those criteria alone. Weather, cultural/social opportunities and political leanings are as important as the economics to most and largely those states are lacking in the positive aspects of those categories. I think as already pointed out "quality of life" is too broad to define on the state level.
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This.

What do you mean by cultural/social opportunities? How would Minnesota be lacking in that?
Reading comprehension much?
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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Reading comprehension much?
...cultural/social opportunities and political leanings are as important as the economics to most and largely those states are lacking in the positive aspects of those categories.

I'll ask again. What do you mean by cultural/social opportunities?
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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Look low crime, low unemployment are fine and all, but those states (North and South Dakota) have a terrible QOL. There is nothing to do but drunk there. Look it up. Rates of teenage alcoholism is high. Those states have no culture and nothing to do. The weather is terrible. Quality of life is more than being able to afford bread. It's being able to enjoy life, so my list is this (in no particular order):

1) California
2) Colorado
3) Texas
4) New York
5) Florida
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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High cost of living but high wages and world class cities.
Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland fit this description to a T. They are also the most densely populated states in the U.S.

But somehow I doubt that everyone will agree with this definition of high quality of life.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:50 AM
 
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Look low crime, low unemployment are fine and all, but those states (North and South Dakota) have a terrible QOL. There is nothing to do but drunk there. Look it up. Rates of teenage alcoholism is high. Those states have no culture and nothing to do. The weather is terrible. Quality of life is more than being able to afford bread. It's being able to enjoy life, so my list is this (in no particular order):

1) California
2) Colorado
3) Texas
4) New York
5) Florida
That's funny. I live in South Dakota and have a good quality of life. I rarely have time to do all the things I enjoy. The key is to find a place that matches your preferences. It also depends on where you live. Yeah, there's nothing to do but get drunk if you live on the rez, other areas are a different story. Some people prefer small town life rather than cities. Some people prefer the outdoors to clubs.
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