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 14, 2012 12:11PM
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Who is the moron that put the photo shopped picture of cows on parade for Nebraska? Is that what the Wall Street idiots think Nebraska is about? Cows walking on the street while retired folks watch. Really? Nebraska is about business, food production, manufacturing, housing, farming, and a lot of wonderful people. No words can describe the $hit heads that chose the pictures for this article.
Sep 14, 2012 11:59AM
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The Rocky Mountains are and always will be the best place in the world to live.  Colorado, Utah, the Dakotas....WE ROCK!    Big states on both coasts not so great...eh?
Sep 14, 2012 11:59AM
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The Rocky Mountains are and always will be the best place in the world to live.  Colorado, Utah, the Dakotas....WE ROCK!    Big states on both coasts not so great...eh?
Sep 14, 2012 11:53AM
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Given current and future cllimate changes the cost of living in certain areas of the nation will dramatically change.    No rain will mean cities like Santa Fe, NM and other desert cities in Arizona,  those cities living along the Colorado River and others in the arid Southwest will die away without water.    Currently Santa Fe, NM is limiting growth due to the lack of water and the nations drought will lead into other cities dying  and their populations having to move away to the coast.   The cities of the future will have to be on the coasts.    Food supply will be stable with fishing helping cities survive and desalinization programs allowing cities to exist.      We need to be realistic and the state rankings based on school, taxes, jobs and water quality will in the future be immaterial.  Let's get real. 
Sep 14, 2012 11:52AM
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I lived on Thomas Pt. Shoal Lighthouse a long time ago, when it was a manned lighthouse. Spent 18 months out there, 4 men total, 3 out one off rotation. Fishing was great, saved a lot on food costs.
Sep 14, 2012 11:43AM
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PLEASE MARK SPAM AS SPAM to dicourage slow minded fools from advertising here.
Sep 14, 2012 11:14AM
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Yes ranger 3, It's all the fault of those gosh darn liberals.  After all, it was that gosh darn "liberal" George Bush that decided to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan without paying for it. In fact, it was that "liberal" who decided that we could perform two wars while lowering taxes on the wealthy (the first time we have ever cut taxes in time of war).  I forgot, it was also that "liberal" George Bush, who said that he didn't think about bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attack, very much.  Fortunately, we have "conservatives" like Barack Obama, who will make the final call to enter allied air space to allow our forces to find and kill bin Laden.  This was something that those "liberals" Bush and Romney stated that they would never do. 

 

By the way, your expression of xenophobia has been repeated multiple times throughout the history of our existence.  In every case, the xenophobic response has always been proven wrong. In example, during the late 19th and early 20th century, many Americans actively spoke out against the immigrants from Ireland, expressing concerns for their Catholic beliefs and claiming that they were un-American.  Yet, many of these same Irishmen and their decendents have become the backbone of the United States. 

Sep 14, 2012 11:14AM
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I LIVES IN NEW ORLEANS AND I'M ASHAMED AT THE WAY YOU DEPICKED OUR

 

STATE.DISSPITE HURRICANES,TIE FOONS,ALLEYGATORS,MURDER,ROBBIES, WE HAVE THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, IF YOU CAN GIT PAST THE AFOUR MENTION ROAD BLOOCKS

YOU ALL WOOD BEE  FINED

Sep 14, 2012 11:13AM
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These writers have never been to N.W. Arkansas home to Walmart, Tyson Foods, JB Hunt and Cyrstal Bridges (google it) not to mention the University of Arkansas with one of the top business schools in the nation.  If you don't like friendly people, clean air, low taxes, low crime, lakes, rivers, hiking, camping, fishing, golf and outstanding weather....dont come here.
Sep 14, 2012 11:01AM
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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.

Sep 14, 2012 11:00AM
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And Michigan is not listed?   Property values dropped in Oakland Cty. in one year alone between 11-18%--they continued to drop while taxes went up on many residential properties.  Last year again, taxes up, property values down--3-6%.
Michigan is one of the worst States to live in due to extensive entitlement, NO JOBS, a high unemployment rate where many fell off the radar so the numbers look just a wee bit better.
There is a sharper distinction between the "rich" and the "poor".  Our middle class is pretty much gone. The largest  cities are are bailing out of their responsibilities and shoving it on the taxpayers as a whole in Michigan-this includes the DIA and Belle Isle and it is continuing with budgets and legacy costs out of control but the govt. here keeps rowing.  It is a poor State that is a mess and Lansing our capital  has tons of loopholes they are not closing as the only job these politicians have is the one we pay for and they afraid of loosing their income like so many here. 
Sep 14, 2012 10:53AM
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"States"?  How about 5 best countries?  Our current liberal policies which are already making the US a second tier country.  Continued tolerance will bring us to a perviously unimaginable "3rd world" level.  In the midst of this, allowing the bullying from the muslim faith will ultimately destroy all of us as Christians.

Sep 14, 2012 10:48AM
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THAT NOT A FAIR PICTURE OF LOUISIANA IT LOOKS LIKE AN AFTERMATH OF KATRINA.  YOU PEOPLE  MAKE IT LOOK LIKE WE LIVE LIKE THAT 24/7.  ALL OF LOUISIANA IS NOT THAT POOR
Sep 14, 2012 10:39AM
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Not sure who they talked to here when the wrote the piece on Utah.  It is the most un-friendly state I have even lived in unless you are Mormon.  They are very judgemental and controling on their way of life.  If you don't believe in their ways....too bad you have to conform because the state is run by the church and if you are non LDS...you are treated as an outsider!
Sep 14, 2012 10:22AM
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I live in Maryland and yes the cost of living is a little high, but cost of living is determined by the quality of jobs in the area you live in.  Jobs in northern VA and maryland pay relatively high incomes so cost of living here is higher, not as high as NYC because we do not have execs here who get paid 300,000 and up a year.  The wealthiest in the state, and the amount of the wealthy living in the state kind of set the mark on where your cost of living is going to fall.  There is not an rapant amount of black on black crime happening in Maryland and Northern VA.  Most crime like in any state or city occur in low income poverty stricken areas, Baltimore in Maryland, and Petersburg in VA.  The wealthiest, and highly educated blacks live in Maryland and northern VA.  Notice I keep saying northern VA, that is because when you reach Richmond the cost of living goes down and the blacks are a little less affluent and by the time you get to petersburg, there are hardly any jobs to speak of and I have never seen so many shopping centers borded up and abandoned.  I even saw a school that was abandoned.  I live in Maryland now but I use to live in Richmonmd, and I occassionally would go to Petersburg to visit friends that attended
Virginia State.
Sep 14, 2012 10:22AM
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I want to know if all the reporters ( Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess, Lisa Uible and Samuel Weigley, 24/7 Wall St. ) are going to live in the places they wrote about. Probably not. These are people who think they know better, they don't, they don't. These are reporters who think they know what's good for people and know where people should live. Well they don't. They don't know what's good for people that's because they don't know what good for themselves. In five years I want to see ant article that the reporters are living at the places they wrote about. Let me tell everyone you won't see that article becaue the reporters won't be living there. These are people who have nothing else better to do than to write about nothing. Who gives a sh&t,
Sep 14, 2012 10:04AM
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Sheeples. Marked inequities in individual wealth in the USA in recent stories here, and we see the same portrayed for us here, by the lib writers for this site, among the individual 57 States. The data are to be believed. But the question is, of what possible benefit is this "reporting" to the re-election of our affirmative action administration? Their motives are usually easily uncovered, but I'm flummoxed. Help. Aa.
Sep 14, 2012 10:03AM
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Midwest is at the top and the Deep South is at the bottom.  This shouldn't shock anybody.
Sep 14, 2012 9:50AM
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Loving the image for Louisiana, doesn't exactly give me that warm and cozy feeling of a place I should live. Arkansas is another
Sep 14, 2012 9:23AM
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what a "crock" who writes this stuff anyway? do they receive a paycheck? i live in maryland,we have people living under bridges in our state capital?? have family in west va,one is a fire fighter & our "wonderful government IS CLOSING one of the most needed fire stations by 2013! so more unemployed ! Farms are being auctioned off! have family in florida who are so under water in there home they can't see the sun,I went down there 1 year ago to check it out, people are losing homes,cars & minds its so wasted there! also have family in NC  who live in neighborhoods where there are more "boarded up homes" from foreclosures than families living there! this story stated states that are in severe recession ,flood zones or /and high,high unemployment & tornado's!
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