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(Politico)   Here it is: States ranked in order of best to live in. Bet you can guess the bottom 10 and the top five without looking   (politico.com) divider line 231
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2014-01-26 08:58:08 AM
Not surprising at all.
 
2014-01-26 09:00:03 AM
Maryland is an odd little state.  I'm ok with that.
 
2014-01-26 09:18:42 AM
Meh. I'm happy with where I live in spite of its faults.
 
2014-01-26 09:19:32 AM
Out of the top 10 there are only 2 I would consider living in, Washington and Colorado (New Hampshire is nice but too rural for me.)  In the bottom 10 most of the southern states listed are just fine if you stick to the cities and coastal areas.
 
2014-01-26 09:21:11 AM

Nabb1: Meh. I'm happy with where I live in spite of its faults.


Of course, the big caveat is that I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in this whole state than where I am now. I'd move to another state before I'd agree to live anywhere else in Louisiana.
 
2014-01-26 09:30:53 AM
Texas is 35. Meh.
 
2014-01-26 09:36:44 AM
Of the two states I have lived in:

I am surprised that California ranked so low.
I am surprised that Nevada ranked so  high.
 
2014-01-26 09:38:53 AM

Tom_Slick: Out of the top 10 there are only 2 I would consider living in, Washington and Colorado (New Hampshire is nice but too rural for me.)  In the bottom 10 most of the southern states listed are just fine if you stick to the cities and coastal areas.


You can say the same thing about many 3rd world countries.
 
2014-01-26 09:39:29 AM
Confused by Minnesota, but Utah is a suprise.
 
2014-01-26 09:40:01 AM
NM is a fantastic place to live. Not the greatest for work though
 
2014-01-26 09:41:12 AM
I used to joke that Alabama's unofficial state motto was "Hey, At Least We're Not Mississippi." No longer a joke, I see.

On another note, I'd like to know what, exactly, put Texas two slots  above Florida.
 
2014-01-26 09:42:30 AM
maine is average,. surprise,..... except in crime rate,.. don't mug us,. were not used to it.
 
2014-01-26 09:42:32 AM
NY really should be broken down into regions, because it is too big and diverse to be considered one area for something like this. NYC/ Lon Gisland and the rural North Country are like different planets.

There are reeeeeeally depressed-depressing areas in NY and there are beautiful areas with low cost of living, low crime, and good schools. It depends on where you are.
 
2014-01-26 09:43:36 AM
Oregon is roughly in the middle. Low enough that it isn't an attention whore, like New Hampshire ("Oh, look at me, we have our primaries first, unlike you *loser* states! Live Free or Die! Granite!"), but not so low that we are lumped with Mississippi or Haiti.
 
2014-01-26 09:44:29 AM
These lists are so stupid. Places like California, New York, or Pennsylvania have amazing things to see and do, but certain indicators put them lower than they should be. If people are clamoring to live somewhere despite crime or bad education or whatever, it's probably got a lot going for it. That said, I'm glad my Colorado made the top ten... I guess.
 
2014-01-26 09:44:51 AM
Otisburg? Otisburg?!
 
2014-01-26 09:45:57 AM
I'm sorry, but I have lived in both Utah and Tennessee, and I found Tennessee to be a much better state to live then Utah.  That said, there are parts of Tennessee that are miserable, but there are also towns that are some of the best places in the world to raise a family.

You also have to take into consideration that a lot of people conceal significant portions of their income from these studies.  I'm not talking just about drug dealers either.  Tennessee had a culture, where they are very suspicious of authority, and they are not going to report exactly how much money they earn, even if it is legal.  Utah Mormons can't sleep at night, if they think the clerk at the grocery store gave them too much loose change.
 
2014-01-26 09:47:27 AM
I see TX is way down there but I'd think Austin would be high on the list...at least when I lived there 10 years ago.
 
2014-01-26 09:48:38 AM

namegoeshere: NY really should be broken down into regions, because it is too big and diverse to be considered one area for something like this. NYC/ Lon Gisland and the rural North Country are like different planets.

There are reeeeeeally depressed-depressing areas in NY and there are beautiful areas with low cost of living, low crime, and good schools. It depends on where you are.


this applies to every state really
 
2014-01-26 09:49:13 AM

Nabb1: Meh. I'm happy with where I live in spite of its faults.


That's always been the bottom line for me, too.  They've tried to be objective in the ratings, but for some reason it reminded me of one of those "best party school" rankings.
 
2014-01-26 09:49:40 AM

namegoeshere: NY really should be broken down into regions, because it is too big and diverse to be considered one area for something like this. NYC/ Lon Gisland and the rural North Country are like different planets.

There are reeeeeeally depressed-depressing areas in NY and there are beautiful areas with low cost of living, low crime, and good schools. It depends on where you are.


Given you called it North Country, I have to guess you've spent time there?
 
2014-01-26 09:50:05 AM

Abox: I see TX is way down there but I'd think Austin would be high on the list...at least when I lived there 10 years ago.


Austin is the only thing keeping tx out of the bottom 5
 
2014-01-26 09:50:23 AM
north Carolina blows. and not in a good way. there is a referendum before the state senate to change the name to East Mississippi.
 
2014-01-26 09:50:38 AM
Too late to get a refund on our Louisiana Purchase? I think we still have the receipt here somewhere.
 
2014-01-26 09:52:38 AM

diaphoresis: Confused by Minnesota, but Utah is a suprise.


Minnesota is fantastic. Our economy is good and there's lots of great jobs here. Our schools are fantastic. Our suburbs are filled with parks and lakes, so outdoor recreation is available all year round where you live.  Of course our northwoods area is some of the most beautiful land in the country (especially in fall). We have a great variety in weather throughout the year. It's not without its problems, but Minnesota is amazing. Unfortunately the only professional sports team from Minnesota to win a championship in the last 20 years is our WNBA team.
 
2014-01-26 09:53:07 AM
Unless you hate COLD WEATHER.   Then the list is meaningless.
 
2014-01-26 09:56:07 AM

firsttiger: namegoeshere: NY really should be broken down into regions, because it is too big and diverse to be considered one area for something like this. NYC/ Lon Gisland and the rural North Country are like different planets.

There are reeeeeeally depressed-depressing areas in NY and there are beautiful areas with low cost of living, low crime, and good schools. It depends on where you are.

Given you called it North Country, I have to guess you've spent time there?


Oh yes.
 
2014-01-26 09:56:56 AM
Came for a pedantic "is", leaving disappoint...aw shiat
 
2014-01-26 09:57:03 AM
Apparently states with large black populations are horrible to live in, according to this douchebag list.
 
2014-01-26 09:57:36 AM
Minnesota for the ...well, not "win" exactly....
 
2014-01-26 09:58:23 AM

namegoeshere: firsttiger: namegoeshere: NY really should be broken down into regions, because it is too big and diverse to be considered one area for something like this. NYC/ Lon Gisland and the rural North Country are like different planets.

There are reeeeeeally depressed-depressing areas in NY and there are beautiful areas with low cost of living, low crime, and good schools. It depends on where you are.

Given you called it North Country, I have to guess you've spent time there?

Oh yes.


School or other? Spent a fair amount of time in Potsdam. Love the scenery, but the economic depression will get ya quick.
 
2014-01-26 09:59:28 AM

cardex: Austin is the only thing keeping tx out of the bottom 5


^^ this

// hates TX
/ Likes Austin
 
2014-01-26 10:02:08 AM
I always got the impression that unless it's California, Florida, New York or Virginia, any other state would trigger the response, "WTF would you want to live there???"
 
2014-01-26 10:02:56 AM

dpaul007: I used to joke that Alabama's unofficial state motto was "Hey, At Least We're Not Mississippi." No longer a joke, I see.

On another note, I'd like to know what, exactly, put Texas two slots  above Florida.


It's not "God's Waiting Room"?

Also, we have BBQ :)
 
2014-01-26 10:04:42 AM

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Unless you hate COLD WEATHER.   Then the list is meaningless.


Yep, even culturally there is something a little screwy about New Jersey placing above Oregon, California and Hawaii.
 
2014-01-26 10:05:28 AM
NH and VT at the top? Hahahahahahahah, if you like gay wangs, illegals and being a thought slave. Fuq you, libfelchers!
 
2014-01-26 10:05:29 AM

mainsail: Minnesota for the ...well, not "win" exactly....



Close. For the winter.
 
2014-01-26 10:05:45 AM

dpaul007: I used to joke that Alabama's unofficial state motto was "Hey, At Least We're Not Mississippi." No longer a joke, I see.

On another note, I'd like to know what, exactly, put Texas two slots  above Florida.


Florida has a Fark tag, Texas doesn't...

>.>
 
2014-01-26 10:06:15 AM
Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Utah are not top ten material.
 
2014-01-26 10:06:56 AM
Illinois: solidly mediocre. Big surprise there.

Some Coke Drinking Guy: I'm sorry, but I have lived in both Utah and Tennessee, and I found Tennessee to be a much better state to live then Utah. That said, there are parts of Tennessee that are miserable, but there are also towns that are some of the best places in the world to raise a family


I took a little roadtrip down south over Labor Day weekend last year, and I loved Tennessee and Kentucky. Northwest Arkansas, not so much. I made the mistake of crossing the river at Memphis and heading up the Arkansas side. Blytheville really creeped me out. The next bridge back to Tennessee was in the Missouri bootheel, and believe me, I was very glad to get east of the river.
 
2014-01-26 10:08:26 AM
From time to time, people publish lists of the happiest countries. One time, Nigeria topped the list. Go figure.
 
2014-01-26 10:08:33 AM

elysive: Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Unless you hate COLD WEATHER.   Then the list is meaningless.

Yep, even culturally there is something a little screwy about New Jersey placing above Oregon, California and Hawaii.


Hawaii is a great place to live if you have money. If you are poor, it sucks.
 
2014-01-26 10:08:55 AM
A lot of this is subjective bullshiat.  Whats "best" for people depends entirely on their own personal opinions and desires.

Florida is probably the "best" place for old people.  Texas is the "best" place for a business owner.  Colorado is the "best" place for pot heads.  Hawaii is the "best" place for surfers.  Georgia is the "best" place if you want to be 100% sure your kids to will go to college for free (hope scholarship).

Give me a break.
 
2014-01-26 10:11:11 AM
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2014-01-26 10:13:46 AM
I wonder if they took into account that a lot of people in New Hampshire actually work in Massachusetts.

/Live free, moochers.
 
2014-01-26 10:17:16 AM

elysive: Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Unless you hate COLD WEATHER.   Then the list is meaningless.

Yep, even culturally there is something a little screwy about New Jersey placing above Oregon, California and Hawaii.


New Jersey is one of the wealthiest states per capita, and has some of the best public school systems in the country.

But our large cities are some of the poorest and most dangerous in the country, so I think that knocks us down a few pegs.
 
2014-01-26 10:17:50 AM

namegoeshere: elysive: Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Unless you hate COLD WEATHER.   Then the list is meaningless.

Yep, even culturally there is something a little screwy about New Jersey placing above Oregon, California and Hawaii.

Hawaii is a great place to live if you have money. If you are poor, it sucks.


*shrug* Isn't it that way in most places? I lived in Chicago for ten years, and while homeless were often supported by the city, this time of year they are practically human popcicles (or if one isnt homeless imagine not affording needed $600 heating bills or not having enough warm clothes or having to walk miles through ice to get to work for lack of a vehicle). Being poor sucks no matter where you live. I just think living in cold places sucks more, no matter one's status.
 
2014-01-26 10:19:06 AM

TurdHeart:


I think it would be more interesting to list them as traditionally red or blue states. Blue states can have an R gov, and vice versa.
 
2014-01-26 10:21:36 AM
New Jersey is the reigning, undisputed champion in the Vote with Your Feet™ ranking. My siblings and most of my cousins left long ago. Hard to reconcile with this list.
 
2014-01-26 10:23:26 AM
Without looking at the article or thread, I'm guessing Ohio is at or near the bottom.

*clicks link, sees Ohio at #34*

o_O
 
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