The most (and least) livable states

A new poll suggests that today's relatively affluent states are likely to still be among the best places to live in the future. But residents in those states often are less optimistic about the future than those in poorer states.

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Sep 3, 2012 2:00PM
I've lived everywhere in this country and it's hard to determine what is the best for everyone due to individual tastes.  If you like perfect climates, check out Albuquerque with a growing economy and affordable housing.  I would say the best people I've met were in Georgia (Savannah).  I think the people in Colorado and Utah might be a little suspect...
Sep 3, 2012 1:20PM
I would have placed Illinois 49th and California 50th...huge deficits, high taxes, poor government, high foreclosure rates, potential bankruptcy. 
Sep 3, 2012 12:50PM

AQYB, you cretins wouldn't know culture if you stepped in it. There is an increase in the number of people that are living in poverty in just about every state.

  Unless you can do something about that, shut up.

  Every state has  good features and not so good, if not we would be living in an Eden. We are not, so get over it.  

Sep 3, 2012 11:50AM
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Sep 3, 2012 11:46AM

"Interesting that states like N & S Dakota, with miserable winters, relatively few first class cultural activities or sports, are ranked so high just because of oil and jobs."


This listing was a hoot. The only problem with its winners is that you'd have to actually live in the states they anoint as "livable."

Sep 3, 2012 8:37AM

  Yeah. Come to New Jersey and hear the loud windbag named Gov. Chris Christie explain his 9.8+% unemployment, so you can get one of his tired, Mafiosa-sounding, fat-tough-guy snarkey remarks.

  Christie has turned New Jersey into Old Jersey in two years.,

A rising republican "star"? NOT!!!

He's pathetic...! 

Sep 3, 2012 8:24AM
Iive lived in Ohio, all my life. Unless you live in one of the big "C's", you'll get by and that's about it. No culture, rotten weather, little opportunity,  and a growing welfare population make this one state to avoid. It's no wonder Ohio, leads the nation in brain drain.
Sep 3, 2012 4:55AM
I live in Ohio, it is obsesse. You wonder where California gets all that money for their healthy food from. It's all the processed food they send us to our grocery stores, then they raise the prices on healthy and organic foods by 3 dollars. Plus, most celebrities and cultural enities refuse to hire people from there. I guess they want to prove rich people suck no matter what. Even if you were serious about working for them. You can get a better picture of Ohio than that.
Sep 3, 2012 4:17AM
But theMaryland  most  useless overpaid public workers
Sep 2, 2012 10:34AM

Hmm.. Not taking into account climate, transportation, access to quality healthcare, access to beaches, crime rates, access to cultural events etc.

What a meaningless article.

Sep 1, 2012 6:12PM
Interesting that states like N & S Dakota, with miserable winters, relatively few first class cultural activities or sports, are ranked so high just because of oil and jobs.  Maryland, ranked only #10, has the wealthiest population, the nation's #1 rated public school systems 4 years running, the nation's #1 hospital (Johns Hopkins) 19 years running, the nation's #1 shock-trauma system (being copied by the Army), extensive Senior Citizen Centers and activities, and the Orioles, Ravens, Redskins, Wizards, Capitals all play their home games in Maryland.  Maryland, in general, has jobs that pay well.  Then there's the Chesapeake Bay and "the land of pleasant living" about which Frank Sinatra's character in The Manchurian Candidate remarked, "Maryland is such a beautiful state."  From Central Maryland, Washington, D.C. is less then an hour away, Philadelphia is less than 2 hours, and New York City 4 hours.  And we've got REAL crabcakes that are almost all crab, not the breading and filler garbage you get elsewhere!

Aug 31, 2012 10:14PM
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Aug 31, 2012 9:00PM

Hey my state didn't make the list, but I list it this way.

Unemployment: Insanely High (Unless you live in the southern coastal region)

How the residents feel about there state? Let me the heck out here. (Again unless less you live in the southern coastal region.)

Ranking on income: Poor as a church mouse! Again unless you live... in the south coastal area!

Good luck selling your house here.

Oh well, At least it's the way life should be.... here.

Bet you can' t guess my state's name?

Aug 31, 2012 6:56PM
Utah may seem nice but it'snot easy to live there, especially if you're not mormon, the people are kind of hipocrits there, the jobs they claim to have are most under $10/hr.  The weather is extremely cold in the winter.  It has a very high teenager pregnancy rate, a high demand for anti depresant drugs.  And everyon here has like 10 kids.  If you're single it's not a good place either. The nighlife is horrible, they won't serve you alcohol after 1am which is really 12:45am.  Utah is definetly not a good place to live unless you are really into the mormon faith. 
Aug 31, 2012 6:51PM
My old Kentucky home.  Lived here all my life and what they say  is true.  Good jobs are going to right to work states where the company can make all the money and provide no benefits.  The poor in Kentucky are taxed at a higher rate than any other State in the union.  Ol McConnell has alot to do with that one.  This Rand guy that our people actually voted for, I can't believe it.  Kentucky's problem is politics without a doubt.  They still use the old poll hauling half pint of whiskey or a ten spot for your vote, they call them hold out voters.  They won't vote until someone makes a whiskey or cash offer.  Thats what has hurt our state.  People are lock step partisan.  The local governments are just as bad as the states.  If I had the money I'd bail.  I love my Wildcats and the Blugrass region is beautiful but its not worth the hassle.
Aug 31, 2012 6:48PM

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