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Old 10-22-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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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?
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Probably Vermont and New Hampshire.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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Probably Vermont and New Hampshire.
Why?
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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No one can truly answer this question because no one lives in a state.

They live in city neighborhoods or small towns or suburbs or off the grid, and any states can have a multitude of all of those, each with different qualities of afforadbility, job opportunities, cultural opportunities, weather, safety, etc. And for most people some of those factors will be more important than others. So I don't think you can generalize about overall, general QOL on a state by state basis. You can be live in a wretched slum in any state of the union and a wealthy cul-de-sac in any state of the union. But you're not living in the whole state, just a piece of it. Which is why its really impossible to compare whole state on QOL.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:51 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Pacific NW, Upper Midwest and New England states.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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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.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Pacific NW, Upper Midwest and New England states.
This pretty much sums it up.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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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.
Some of these criteria tend cancel each other out. For example, states with more job opportunities and higher incomes - such as East Coast states - usually have a higher cost of living as well.

Minnesota, Colorado, Maine and Washington all have low population densities. So, they do not have the most job opportunities.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Some of these criteria tend cancel each other out. For example, states with more job opportunities and higher incomes - such as East Coast states - usually have a higher cost of living as well.

Minnesota, Colorado, Maine and Washington all have low population densities. So, they do not have the most job opportunities.
Actually there are plenty of job opportunities. Texas is a HUGE state with a moderate population density, yet a crapload of jobs. North Dakota has amongst the lowest population density but a ton of jobs.

A great indicator of quality of living would be GDP/capita adjusted for cost of living. Another would be the healthiest cities/states, because where people are healthy they are also generally happy.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:12 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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NOT California. I would say: Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Virginia, Maine, Colorado and Vermont.
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