With peak moving season in swing and Americans considering where to settle down, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best States to Live in.

To help Americans settle down in the best and most affordable place possible, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 51 key indicators of livability. They range from housing costs and income growth to education rate and quality of hospitals.
Top 20 Best States to Live in America are:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Minnesota
  3. New Hampshire
  4. New Jersey
  5. Colorado
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Virginia
  8. Iowa
  9. Utah
  10. Idaho
  11. North Dakota
  12. Pennsylvania
  13. Vermont
  14. New York
  15. Wyoming
  16. Maine
  17. Washington
  18. South Dakota
  19. Nebraska
  20. Connecticut

California ranks No. 23 in the Best States to Live In this year. When it comes to affordability, California ranks 49 out of 50. It ranks No. 10 for its economy and No. 22 when it comes to health and education.

Where California tends to shine is its quality of life. The state was ranked No. 2.

California ranked in the top five states of most restaurants per capita. Are you surprised?

Here is a snapshot of some of the characteristics of the best states to live in versus the worst states  to live in:

  • Utah has the highest quality of the public hospital system, with 81.83 percent of patients giving their hospital a rating of 9 or 10, which is 1.5 times higher than in New Jersey, the state with the lowest at 54.33 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of residents living in poverty, 8.10 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 21.50 percent.
  • South Dakota, has the shortest average commute time, 17 minutes, which is 1.9 times shorter than in New York, the state with the longest at 33 minutes.
  • Maine, has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 1.21, which is 6.9 times less than in Alaska, the state with the most at 8.29.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, click here.

Image Sources

  • United States Map: Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay