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Old 03-01-2018, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Much ado has been made about a new US News & World Report ranking of the states, particularly regarding California's 'quality of life' ranking. Even though California, overall, didn't rank last, they ranked 32nd.

But that's not the important thing. The important thing is, what kind of states ranked near the top, and what kind of states ranked near the bottom.

Here is the US News article and ranking. With states color-coded by recent presidential election tendencies. I didn't just do the last election, these are roughly the last 3 or 4 elections. One election does not make a trend. Red, of course, is republican and blue = democrat.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings

Top 10:
#1 Iowa
#2 Minnesota
#3 Utah
#4 North Dakota
#5 New Hampshire
#6 Washington
#7 Nebraska
#8 Massachusetts
#9 Vermont
#10 Colorado

Bottom 10:
#41 Kentucky
#42 South Carolina
#43 Oklahoma
#44 Alaska
#45 Arkansas
#46 Alabama
#47 West Virginia
#48 New Mexico
#49 Mississippi
#50 Louisiana

Notice the pattern.

 
Old 03-01-2018, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by James Bond 007 View Post
Much ado has been made about a new US News & World Report ranking of the states, particularly regarding California's 'quality of life' ranking. Even though California, overall, didn't rank last, they ranked 32nd.

But that's not the important thing. The important thing is, what kind of states ranked near the top, and what kind of states ranked near the bottom.

Here is the US News article and ranking. With states color-coded by recent presidential election tendencies. I didn't just do the last election, these are roughly the last 3 or 4 elections. One election does not make a trend. Red, of course, is republican and blue = democrat.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings

Top 10:
#1 Iowa
#2 Minnesota
#3 Utah
#4 North Dakota
#5 New Hampshire
#6 Washington
#7 Nebraska
#8 Massachusetts
#9 Vermont
#10 Colorado

Bottom 10:
#41 Kentucky
#42 South Carolina
#43 Oklahoma
#44 Alaska
#45 Arkansas
#46 Alabama
#47 West Virginia
#48 New Mexico
#49 Mississippi
#50 Louisiana

Notice the pattern.
Why are Iowa and New Hampshire blue?

NH state House of Rep 217-175 republican
their Senate is 14-10 republican
The Governor is republican

Iowas state House of reps are republican 59-41
their Senate is republican 29-20
The Governor is republican
 
Old 03-02-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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Out of all those states, Minnesota is the only one I would consider moving to. Minneapolis sounds like a well run city. High wages and relatively low cost of living. Especially compared to California.

Never would move to a red state. Wages are always low.
 
Old 03-02-2018, 08:09 AM
 
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I can't believe that someone pays mind to a "ranking of US states" printed by a grocery story rag.
 
Old 03-02-2018, 08:15 AM
 
Location: California
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These rankings are nothing more than a click-bait revenue generator for USNWR.

They're about as useful as "10 best ways to spend your vacation"...
 
Old 03-02-2018, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Top 10:
#1 Iowa - NOT BLUE
#2 Minnesota - Yet people are leaving in droves.
#3 Utah - people are arriving in droves
#4 North Dakota - safe, growing, affordable COL
#5 New Hampshire - people are leaving in droves
#6 Washington - horrible business environment, ridiculous taxes
#7 Nebraska - safe,
#8 Massachusetts -
#9 Vermont - does anyone even live there any more?
#10 Colorado - massive CA influence shaping their politics more and more. COL is getting out of control. And why did the blue CA people leave CA just to go to CO and spread their disease? Did they NOT learn from living in CA what leftist politics do?




Bottom 10:
#41 Kentucky - overall a very nice place to live
#42 South Carolina - the only bad areas of the state are, ironically, BLUE cities where crime is rampant
#43 Oklahoma - minus the weather, its not a bad place to live
#44 Alaska - like VT, does anyone even live there?
#45 Arkansas - growing
#46 Alabama - growing
#47 West Virginia - this one Ill agree with
#48 New Mexico - horrible to live in, unless you make decent money.
#49 Mississippi - agree
#50 Louisiana - once again, blue cities are what drag it down.




Looks like the red states I mention are perfectly safe places to live, with growing business and population booms. The blue states are taxed to death, full of the worst crime, bad for business, skyrocketing COL, and people are leaving by the thousands. IL, MI, NY, CA, NJ, MA... I see sooooooo many people screaming to get out and move to Red states. And they are. AZ, NV, TX, GA, etc... all growing because of people fleeing blue states.
 
Old 03-02-2018, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Austin
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what purpose do these x state is awful or x state is the greatest state threads serve?
 
Old 03-02-2018, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Originally Posted by Loveshiscountry View Post
Why are Iowa and New Hampshire blue?
- Iowa has voted for the democrat in 3 of the past 5 presidential elections.
- New Hampshire has voted for the democrat in 4 of the past 5 presidential elections, including the last 4 in a row,
 
Old 03-02-2018, 09:23 AM
 
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What a fraudulent thread.
 
Old 03-02-2018, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by James Bond 007 View Post
Much ado has been made about a new US News & World Report ranking of the states, particularly regarding California's 'quality of life' ranking. Even though California, overall, didn't rank last, they ranked 32nd.

But that's not the important thing. The important thing is, what kind of states ranked near the top, and what kind of states ranked near the bottom.

Here is the US News article and ranking. With states color-coded by recent presidential election tendencies. I didn't just do the last election, these are roughly the last 3 or 4 elections. One election does not make a trend. Red, of course, is republican and blue = democrat.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings

Top 10:
#1 Iowa
#2 Minnesota
#3 Utah
#4 North Dakota
#5 New Hampshire
#6 Washington
#7 Nebraska
#8 Massachusetts
#9 Vermont
#10 Colorado

Bottom 10:
#41 Kentucky
#42 South Carolina
#43 Oklahoma
#44 Alaska
#45 Arkansas
#46 Alabama
#47 West Virginia
#48 New Mexico
#49 Mississippi
#50 Louisiana

Notice the pattern.
I suggest, then, that the blue staters quit moving to our states.
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