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Please make your ranking system more confusing as this article was not hard enough to understand.
Having been to all 50 states, as well as a number of other countries, I could probably make anywhere look like the the images of Louisiana that were presented. I was born in New Orleans, and grew up in St. Charles Parish until I joined the Navy in 1967, and will probably retire there when the time comes. The people are friendly, the food is unbelileveably good, and the area is rich in farmland and natural resources.
I have lived in a number of different states, and they all have things to recommend them in both positive and negative ways. State Income Taxes vary greatly, from New York to Texas, but so do Real Estate taxes and personal Luxury taxes.
The best place to live, is where you feel comfortable and are Happy, and it's hard to quantify that until you settle down somewhere.
Wow What bull...
Heres a fun fact... MOST of Kentucky is rual farm land... yet it says that it is the WORST state to find a safe place to exercise! Ever try walking, hiking, or biking??? Pretty damn safe in Kentucky. On the other hand Chicago, New York, all of New Jersey, and Most of Southern Califonia get a pass???? I'd rather look out for cows and tractors than muggers and father-rapers any day.
No I don't like in Kentucky, I am just defending them on this point.
The MSN list is actually backwards.
The states where the government controls you the most are the ones listed as the best and the ones where the government puts the least retrictions on your freedoms are listed as bad.
Again, I refer you to Kentucky for an example. You can smoke there, and cheaply. You can eat grease if you like, and you don't have to conform to the controlling governments belief system of what is good or bad for you... freedom of choice.... sure is nice.
Alabama is listed as a bad state.... Yes and no. They don't require union labor so they are automatically evil in the eyes of the liberal media. They also make Hyundai and Kia there... the new American auto industry. It's Korean, yes, but our original auto industry is lost in Michigan and moving to China.
Also the new american aircraft industry, since ours is mostly dead and bankrupt, is starting up in Alabama... Airbus! All praise the Airbus factory going into Mobile Alabama!
Not a bad place to live... except they are mostly conservative... and the liberal media says that's EVIL!
No, I don't live in Alabama either but this article is talking trash.
So the top 10 worst states to live? EASY! First hand experience!
California, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Washington, Ohio.
10 best states? I can't say that the entire state is great over-all, but I can go with the areas in them I have lived in or am very familiar with.
South Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Georgia, Alabama, Hawaii, Alaska.
Note that MY list is an opinion based on personal experience, NOT based on political beliefs like the MSN liberal media list.
Also I am willing to say that my list is not 100% accurate as I have not been to all areas of all 50 states. For example, there are some crappy areas of Wisconsin, but the good things there far outweighs the bad, and that's the basis of my list.
This propoganda is entirely designed to get people to start moving to 'future" boom towns. People read this crap and think someplace may be interesting so they do a little research,maybe even take a trip to see what it is like. Money changes hands and the economy gets a cash infusion. Sure there will be real boom towns because of energy (fracking) and other industries, but for the most part they will taper off in the coming years.
Our country "overall" is in bad shape no matter what the corporate(government) controlled media tells us.
You know the status of your state/city/community better than anyone feeding us this line of bull.
So North Dakota is listed as one of the "most livable" States? Have you ever been there, specially from October through April? Gimme a break!
This article just proves that there are too many journalists, so they have to create $hit like this to make a buck. But I guess this is better than the usual destructive misinformation they generally peddle.
This information is pretty much worthless. The article doesn't tell you what the information is compared to. Take Maryland for example. Full time employment rating 3. What's that mean? 3 compared to what? Maryland has an abundance of Federal, State and County jobs. That's what keeps the unemployment lower here. Private jobs not so many. Maryland is very unfriendly towards business which is why a lot are going to Virgina. So what doe's 3 mean? Is it supposed to be good or bad? Then job creation is 24. Again compared to what? Are we 24th in the nation or some other scale? If the Federal government, State goverment, or County goverment expands then we get more jobs. If they shrink we lose jobs. Private sector doesn't matter much here. State government controls private jobs here through regulations and other means. They decide who gets permits and licenses to operate in the state. Much like China doe's it. Residents outlook rating 16th best. I have no idea what this means. A good third of my friends moved to southern PA and make the commute to their jobs here. Others can't wait to retire and then they're going to other states. We have a lot of illegal aliens moving in but then we have a lot of the rich moving to VA. So where are these people that make 16th best. As for the wealth it's pretty much centered in the areas around Washington DC the nations capital, Annapolis, the states capital and the county seats like Towson. These high salaries inflate what the rest of us make. We just pay them with all the taxes we pay. So the median income is grossly overstated. However there are a lot of rich government contractors, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucrats running around here. Just not nearly the majority. The private sector rich are leaving for Va. so we are losing alot of wealth but not to worry the illegal aliens are moving in to fill in the gap and keep the Democrats in power. As long as they control the state that's all that matters. If you like the way China operates then come on and move right on in. We have plenty of room for you just don't forget your wallet. O'Mally needs someplace to keep his hands warm.
The reason the housing market is stable is Nebraska is an agricutural state the houses for the most part are farmhouses tied to the land by as many as 4 generations of family My wifes family lives on and farms 1800 acres of farmland just outside of Grand Island that's been paid for since before the great depression. The reason unemploymeny is low because the majority of the people are 2nd and 3rd generation farmers who only hire labor at planting and at harvest time, the rest of the year they have very few employees if any.. As usual MSN you're full of beans Nebraska is without a doubt a great place to live. But if you've gotta have a job ya betta keep moving because the reason the jobless rate is 3.8 is there are very few jobs and they're filled with long term employees, There are few major cities in Nebraska Omaha, Lincoln & Grand Island is the 2nd largest city in the state and by most standards Grand Island is a one horse small town with far more tractor dealers than car dealers or movies or even grocery stores Of Course they have a WalMart Super Center and you might get a job there.. I suspect that MSN is as misguided about every state as they are Nebraska mebbe mebb not I can't say,, I don't know about any of the rest of the states listed or MSNs opinions., but I'm well aware of the situation in Nebraska. You might want to keep in mind that Kool-Aid was invented in Nebraska and is the state beverage. Gotta have that Kool Aid & corn on the cob.
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