10 Worst States To Live In America

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You might think people across the nation love where they live. After all, you wouldn’t spend your life somewhere that you truly didn’t love. Right?

Not always.

In fact, a Pew Research Center study not too long ago determined that almost half of Americans would rather live somewhere else than they do now.

Well, if you’re in one of the states we’re about to highlight, we don’t blame you for wanting to move.

Or, if you live in the south, for wanting to run away as fast as you possibly can.

After analyzing all 50 U.S. states, we came up with this list as the 10 worst states in our nation for 2019:

It turns out New Mexico is the worst state to live in the country. New Mexico is having a rough week since we also just named it the most dangerous state for 2019.

The purpose of this study is to use science to determine which of our great American states are the absolute worst. While unbiased, this research does take into account factors that almost all Americans would agree are undesirable.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your city ranked. Or check out more on the worst cities to live in America.

For more positive news, feel free to check out the best places to live in the country and the the best states in America.

How do you decide if a state is lousy or not?

Worst States In America Map

In order to rank the worst states to live in the United States, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, great weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we researched the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for the worst states of 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the most recent ACS 2013-2017, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low Median Income
  • Low Home Values
  • Low Levels of College Education
  • A lot of uninsured people
  • High Crime
  • High poverty

We then ranked each state from 1 to 50 for the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Index”.

Finally, we ranked every state on the “Worst Place To Live Index” with the lowest index being the Worst State To Live in America for 2019, New Mexico.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, from worst to best, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the abridged chart.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the states themselves. This list is based on data. It’s also not a testament to the effectiveness of local law enforcement.

1. New Mexico

New-Mexico|Nm, NM

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,084,828
Median Income: $46,718 (7th worst)
Median Home Value: $163,900 (21st worst)

New Mexico is, by far, the worst state in the entire country for 2019, according to this scientific analysis. Sorry to break the news to you folks out there in the Land of Enchantment.

This is the third year in a row New Mexico took the “top spot”. That’s not great for those playing at home.

Economically, and socially, New Mexico has some issues. Its residents are underpaid, and the crime here is very high. In addition, if you’re not into exploring the outdoors, finding entertainment can be a chore.

Unless you’re a UFO enthusiast.

Review Of New Mexico by Chris Maestas

I live in New Mexico and honestly you described a city. Albuquerque is where majority of the population is and where 1/2 the crime happens. Most places are small towns where not much goes on. And New Mexico is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole country. Lots of Volcanoes. Lates, mountains. Also some of the best food someone could ever have. Except it sounds like you wouldn’t be able to handle even the red chili lol

2. Arkansas

Arkansas|Ar, AR

Population: 2,977,944
Median Income: $43,813 (2nd worst)
Median Home Value: $118,500 (3rd worst)

Like every year it seems, Arkansas begins the string of truly southern states which you should try to avoid if at all possible.

The 2nd worst state in the country, Arkansas “boasts” the second lowest wages and third lowest home prices.

Luckily, you probably do have a job in the Razorback State, which prevented it from being the worst state in the country.

Review Of Arkansas by J Williams

Arkansas has some very beautiful scenery in the North northwestern area. Hit springs is also beautiful. And Arkansas has some great schools too.

I was blessed with a beautiful daughter thats from that state. And the people especially from the Ozark mountains area of Arkansas like mountain view, etc…like Mississippians, they will give you the shirt off their back. They will give you their last dollar or piece of chicken…..whatever they have, they will, like a mississippian, they will generously give if you were in need. I’ve seen this.

3. Mississippi

Mississippi|Ms, MS

Population: 2,986,220
Median Income: $42,009 (1st worst)
Median Home Value: $109,300 (1st worst)

The median household income in Mississippi is only about $42,000, which is more than $15,000 less than the national average. Unsurprisingly, home values are also the lowest in the country.

With those two facts in hand, Mississippi can make a very strong argument it should actually still be the worst state (It took the top spot 3 years ago).

Nearly 8.5% of residents here are unemployed, and just about 1 in 7 homes is vacant or unoccupied. The national average for public school student spending is $12,483. In Mississippi, students only get a fraction of that financial support.

Rebel Yell? Maybe not.

Review Of Mississippi by Mackenzie

I live in Mississippi. We had Elvis Presley. We have racist people. We are poor. We have horrible hot summers. We have an okay school system. We are the only southern state that had the confederate flag. We don’t have a good enough football team. It’s is actually beautiful. It’s a state that don’t get enough attention. We also have country singers here. Also did you know the voice of Darth Vader is from Mississippi- I could probably go on but it’s not that bad.

4. Louisiana

Louisiana|La, LA

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,663,461
Median Income: $46,710 (6th worst)
Median Home Value: $152,900 (18th worst)

Ah, Louisiana. Unfortunately, the butt of many jokes.

In this case, Louisiana’s rankings in terms of annual household income ($46,710 a year) and the sheer number of homes that are empty (16%), means the Louisiana economy isn’t…robust.

Louisiana moved up one spot this year which isn’t what you want to do in this ranking.

No one can argue that Louisiana is a beautiful state. Unfortunately, science doesn’t measure beauty. It measures facts, and the fact is, Louisiana is towards the bottom when it comes to factors that people consider desirable.

Review Of Louisiana by Marksmans 1013

I live in Louisiana and I love it. Just based on the stuff you used to make the list, like weather and bugs, Louisiana should be #1.

We have over 50% of the entire country’s wetlands, which makes it a major hotspot for mosquitoes, Crime rate is pretty high, and poverty is really high. Drugs are also a problem.

5. Alabama

Alabama|Al, AL

Population: 4,850,771
Median Income: $46,472 (4th worst)
Median Home Value: $132,100 (7th worst)

Congratz Alabama, you’re not quite as bad as last year.

Alabama residents aren’t necessarily underemployed at a higher rate (they’re at the national average), but people here earn far less than the national average, per household.

Crime is significantly higher, per capita here, and the public schools spend much less than other states do on their students. And, poverty also played a factor here.

But their college football team is awesome. At least they have that.

Review Of Alabama by Rustedmustard

I live in Alabama and it’s pretty awful. A lot of ‘G*d fearing’ people who just assume steal as work, also, lots and lots and lots and lots of m**h-heads.

6. Oklahoma

Oklahoma|Ok, OK

Population: 3,896,251
Median Income: $49,767 (10th worst)
Median Home Value: $125,800 (4th worst)

The 6th worst state for 2019 goes to Oklahoma.

Home prices and incomes are some of the lowest in the country. And violence is relatively high.

Mix that with a lack of health insurance coverage and there’s little surprise that the opioid problem is taking hold in Oklahoma.

Review Of Oklahoma by kenneth jacobs

That’s laughable about Oklahoma Oklahoma City has some of the cheapest homes nice homes and the crime rate I live in Edmond Oklahoma and the crime rate hear it very low now you can go to some small towns that’s very low class but every state has those small towns this is why you see so many people coming other states to live in Oklahoma they bring that c**p with them the only thing I don’t like about Oklahoma we have a lot of Republicans and we know they s**k.

7. South Carolina

South-Carolina|Sc, SC

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,893,444
Median Income: $48,781 (9th worst)
Median Home Value: $148,600 (14th worst)

South Carolina, the butt of North Carolina, has pretty big problem when it comes to crime. That’s the leading cause of its 7th place ranking for 2019.

This is actually one spot better than last year as it flipped flopped spots with Oklahoma above it.

It scored in the bottom 30% of states for basically every category except for population density. So at least you can enjoy your squalid living conditions with your neighbors.

Review Of South Carolina by Robert Hamm

Many years ago I was in SC and I loved it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder… After all these years I am finally returning to south carolina – we are moving out of Income tax… all the way from Pa. You will not discourage me in the least… I can’t understand what your goal here is… If you can’t say anything good then why did you feel compelled to say anything at all. If all you can see is the negatives… you will see them everywhere – even in your hometown or neighborhood.

8. Tennessee

Tennessee|Tn, TN

Population: 6,597,381
Median Income: $48,708 (8th worst)
Median Home Value: $151,700 (16th worst)

Ouch, Tenneessee jumped up three spots to knock Georgia out of the top ten and land as 8th worst.

You know the saying. There’s Nashville and there’s the rest of Tennessee. According to science, both are undesirable.

When you factor in crummy insurance coverage, high crime and a high unemployment rate, things in Georgia could use a fixin’. But the population here is booming. Meaning longer commute times (and less time with the family) if you live in the Nashville area.

Review Of Tennessee by Mollie Tallent

I live in Norway right now. But fixing to move back to Tennessee. AND I CAN NOT WAIT! Tennessee is beautiful. Especially East Tn! 😛 No worse than any other state in America. Better than most.

9. Arizona

Arizona|Az, AZ

Population: 6,809,946
Median Income: $53,510 (21st worst)
Median Home Value: $193,200 (29th worst)

The first of several states out west, Arizona has several things going against it. Besides the fact that the summer months can be downright sickening, heat wise, Arizona has a surprisingly high crime rate and very poor support in its school system for its students.

Residents are still recovering from the housing mess here, and nearly 1 in 5 homes sits unoccupied or is vacant for most of the year. That’s off the charts high.

Walmart is the biggest provider of jobs in Arizona.

Review Of Arizona by Life As Alyssa

I live in Arizona and it’s amazing. I actually go to a school called Basis Peoria Academy and it’s the 5th best school in the country, there are also other many amazing schools there.

I honestly love living in Arizona and I used to live in Arkansas and Arizona is WAY better in my opinion and Arkansas wasn’t even on the list! It also has SO MANY fun things to do like LOTS of amazing shopping, alot of water parks, and more

10. Nevada

Nevada|Nv, NV

Population: 2,887,725
Median Income: $55,434 (23rd worst)
Median Home Value: $216,400 (33rd worst)
Rounding out the top ten worst states in America for 2019, for the second year in a row, is Nevada.

A higher than average portion of the workforce of Nevada is unemployed at this time, which isn’t surprising, since nearly half of the state’s population lives in the Las Vegas metro area. And, if you’ve looked at a map in your lifetime, you’d know that Nevada doesn’t necessarily have a lot do to, outside of Vegas.

Unless you hunt rattlesnakes for a living.

Crime in Nevada is very high, and a lot of people lack insurance.

Review Of Nevada by TheGuru IsCooking

I live in Nevada and most of those pictures he posted were of Sparks and we have the best tourists destinations around ) and the unemployment rate in Nevada is only at a 3% thank you. 4% better then a state you did not mention which is one of the worst hands down. Check your States and bias facts and then come see me.

There You Have It — The Worst States In The US For 2019

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the worst states in America is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing states with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and bad weather, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best states in the USA, according to science. Apparently, things are ‘all that’ when it comes to northeast America.

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Hawaii

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    State Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
    New Mexico 1 2,084,828 $46,718 $163,900
    Arkansas 2 2,977,944 $43,813 $118,500
    Mississippi 3 2,986,220 $42,009 $109,300
    Louisiana 4 4,663,461 $46,710 $152,900
    Alabama 5 4,850,771 $46,472 $132,100
    Oklahoma 6 3,896,251 $49,767 $125,800
    South Carolina 7 4,893,444 $48,781 $148,600
    Tennessee 8 6,597,381 $48,708 $151,700
    Arizona 9 6,809,946 $53,510 $193,200
    Nevada 10 2,887,725 $55,434 $216,400
    Georgia 11 10,201,635 $52,977 $158,400
    West Virginia 12 1,836,843 $44,061 $111,600
    Alaska 13 738,565 $76,114 $261,900
    Missouri 14 6,075,300 $51,542 $145,400
    North Carolina 15 10,052,564 $50,320 $161,000
    Texas 16 27,419,612 $57,051 $151,500
    Florida 17 20,278,447 $50,883 $178,700
    Montana 18 1,029,862 $50,801 $209,100
    Indiana 19 6,614,418 $52,182 $130,200
    Kentucky 20 4,424,376 $46,535 $130,000
    Kansas 21 2,903,820 $55,477 $139,200
    Michigan 22 9,925,568 $52,668 $136,400
    Oregon 23 4,025,127 $56,119 $265,700
    South Dakota 24 855,444 $54,126 $152,700
    Idaho 25 1,657,375 $50,985 $176,800
    Ohio 26 11,609,756 $52,407 $135,100
    California 27 38,982,847 $67,169 $443,400
    Illinois 28 12,854,526 $61,229 $179,700
    Nebraska 29 1,893,921 $56,675 $142,400
    Colorado 30 5,436,519 $65,458 $286,100
    Utah 31 2,993,941 $65,325 $238,300
    Wyoming 32 583,200 $60,938 $204,900
    Washington 33 7,169,967 $66,174 $286,800
    Iowa 34 3,118,102 $56,570 $137,200
    Maine 35 1,330,158 $53,024 $179,900
    North Dakota 36 745,475 $61,285 $174,100
    Delaware 37 943,732 $63,036 $238,600
    Wisconsin 38 5,763,217 $56,759 $169,300
    Pennsylvania 39 12,790,505 $56,951 $170,500
    New York 40 19,798,228 $62,765 $293,000
    Rhode Island 41 1,056,138 $61,043 $242,200
    Maryland 42 5,996,079 $78,916 $296,500
    Minnesota 43 5,490,726 $65,699 $199,700
    Virginia 44 8,365,952 $68,766 $255,800
    Vermont 45 624,636 $57,808 $220,600
    New Jersey 46 8,960,161 $76,475 $321,100
    Hawaii 47 1,421,658 $74,923 $563,900
    Connecticut 48 3,594,478 $73,781 $270,100
    Massachusetts 49 6,789,319 $74,167 $352,600
    New Hampshire 50 1,331,848 $71,305 $244,900

    67 thoughts on “10 Worst States To Live In America

    1. I grew up in North Dakota (28 years). I live in Washington now (39 years). Comparison? None.

      Hands-down, Washington is a better place to live, work, and find friends. Mountains, rivers, temperate climate, many backpacking trails, places to go and things to do. Educated, tolerant, and aware people live here compared to grade-school level farmers and ex-farmers working for minimum wage in North Dakota.

      Once I finished college and found that regardless of North Dakota’s perennial 4% unemployment rate, I couldn’t find ANY job, I moved west. I pity the residue who stayed, pity them.

      When I’ve visited back, I’ve met people who looked like the ones I used to know but who had never changed, never grown.

      1. Well I guess you consider yourself educated however the stats would show a different story than you paint of the state. Most retired or former farmers that you note are most likely worth millions in the bank. William County ND has an average salary of $70,000 per year even with the downturn in the oil industry. I guess there was a reason you did not find work in ND but its probably more related to your lack of intelligence than anything related to ND. Enjoy yourself but I really don’t think we are looking for any low wage earners so no need to look for employment here in North Dakota.

      2. WA is a cesspool. If you’re a vampire, might be nice, but the constant grey and 55 degrees 10 months out of the year – oh wait all 12 because at night it’s still 50 bloody degrees. Have to have winter clothes out all year round. Barely get a summer. And people are cold and passive-aggressive. I’m trying to leave after 20 soggy, soul-sucking years.

      3. I am from Minnesota, but last year I moved to North Dakota & I was not that impress with it at all. The nearest town is between 30 to 60 miles away. you
        will see a lot of tumbleweeds. I will go there to visit but that is about it.

    2. Yeah, pretty sure that isn’t Santa Fe up there in #7.
      That is Santa Fe Station in Forth Worth, Texas.
      It is bad enough that some people don’t even know that NM is a state. Then you have to go and put in an image that isn’t from our state.

    3. Why not just poll residents and rank the states based on the percentage of people who would rather live elsewhere? I can think of no more accurate indication of desirability than one where you measure the amount of people who want out.

      As soon as you factored in public education, you exposed your bias and tilted the results. Maybe they counted for something once upon a time but today they are little more than babysitting and indoctrination centers.

    4. What about taxes? Don’t taxes factor into this?

      And who in their right mind makes population density a *positive*??? New Jersey cannot possibly be the 9th best place to live in the USA, but that’s what this “scientific” analysis shows.

      If that’s not proof positive that you need to reconsider your technique, I don’t know what is.

      1. I totally agree with you about population density! And home prices and rent are so high in CA you pay almost half your earnings for it. Not a positive in my book!

    5. How about the quality of the people living there? Virginia might have the highest rate of a$$holes in the country, and I have lived in several states, including NY. New Yorkers have a reputation for being jerks, but my 12 years there proved it unfounded. Virginians are jerks for the sake of being jerks. And oh, by the way, they’re better than you are. In fact, the worst of them is better than the best of you from anywhere else. Virginia is where Southern hospitality goes to die.

      1. Being right next to them in Maryland I agree! I imagine you have some choice words for us too but I have to say, everytime I visited NY people were nice…definitely nicer than they’ve ever been in VA.

      2. I’ve been noticing that about Washington. Seattle has a reputation for being “Brainy” but honestly living here for two years now, I’ve not seen a trace of that to be true. The medical professionals here are top notch without a doubt, but the general populace, not so much. Not only are they poorly read and completely unaware of what’s going on in the world, but arrogant as well. Many of them lack manners and politeness. Very bland, dry personalities. It’s like if the people here were represented by a color that color would be beige. The lot of them walk around cranky, depressed and moody. They’ll look for ANY reason to bitch and complain so working any kind of customer service here is pure hell. Washingtonians need to have their asses kissed and powdered otherwise they get pissy. Similar to how you have to speak to children. Once I finish my degree I’m flying the coop. The natural environment is something special. It’s very beautiful and rich in nature, but the people and their pissy attitudes ruin it. I’m also a New Yorker born and raised so the adjustment has been quite challenging to say the least. The population lacks any sort of vibrancy.

    6. Florida is a hot, humid, and buggy place where depending on where you live, it can be a warm haven for the wealthier snowbirds who come here or a low salary hell for those of us who have to tough it out all year and deal with raising utility rates during the summer months when we need air conditioning to merely survive. Mixed feelings all around. Moved back here from California when things got economically out of hand and couldn’t afford to stay anymore. Not crazy about this place but don’t want to deal with winters either. What to do…what to do. (Is there a little island off of the coast of North Carolina or something?)

      1. Yes and it is one of the most cruel law enforcement criminal not so much justice states. FL boast of feeding inmates unfit for human comsumption food on less than $2/day in nasty muderous abusive (both from employee and other inmates) rape filled spider vermin and rat n mice ridden non a/c literally torture chambers called dorms.
        I don’t like somethings but FL on the whole is not a place I want to live.

    7. Sometimes you want to tell your friends what a great place you just but then you realize most things are fleeting and maybe mostly subjective. And then you forget what was so great about it. Probably like ole whats his face said, ‘stuff’ happens. Yuk yuk.

    8. Your current state of health, (physical) and financial situation has a lot to do with it. Sometimes you relocate out of necessity and sometimes out of stupidity.

    9. Keep up with expecting things to improve, and don’t ever say ‘things’ or ‘it’ is getting worse, because you really may get what you pray for. (Unless you are an athiest, of course.l

    10. Nebraska is the worst state in the Union. Over and over I see Nebraska listed as one of the best, but based on what criteria? There is nothing to do in Nebraska. A majority of the population have no critical reasoning skills. They might be able to read and write, but there’s no reading comprehension. They blindly believe anything reported on Fox News, love football and the Tea Party, hateful, bigoted, but only in a politically correct way. In short, Nebraskans hate anyone that doesn’t conform to what they consider to be “normal” meaning you must look like them, think like them, watch the same TV shows, read the same books, listen to the same music, go to the same church, or you will never be accepted. Our Public TV station is run by a bunch of brownie scouts all working on merit badges. They can’t even publish an accurate program guide. Highest State income taxes, property taxes, and where does all the money go? There very few services, especially for the poor or disabled. They refused to extend Medicare to the uninsured under Obama Care, even though this was essentially free money!! Our new Governor is a good old boy who’s trying to set things up for himself and his cronies, and to hell with the rest of us. There is no thought given to the quality of life in Nebraska from our “elected” officials, and it shows. Don’t come here. Don’t go to school here. Don’t even drive through the State, drive around it, or better yet, fly over it, and don’t even bother looing down.

      1. In Maryland, the residents blindly believe everything the Democrats tell them and absolutely hate everyone else. Now, that’s bigotry.

      2. You nailed it! I live here, and everything you said is so true. It’s the most narrow minded states, why else do they keep electing some ones who have done nothing since getting elected. Check what Adrian Smith has done, especially when you think about how many years he’s been in office. Yet, they keep reelecting him.

      3. Iowa is right up there in crappiness with Nebraska. They never accept you unless you agree with all of their narrow minded ways, or inherited a ton of farm money like them. They think they feed the world, yeah with crappy gmo food devoid of nutrients and sickening everyone. Living near them and trying to grow some healthy food in nigh on impossible because of their constant herbicide drift and vaporization. Then try to turn them to the worthless IDALS regulatory agencies, and nothing gets done. Iowa sucks.

      4. Yep I agree Nebraska is the worst state I lived there for 3 years and hated it there was nothing to do unless you liked drinking and gaizing at cows. I hated everything about that state.

    11. I’m sorry but whoever wrote this has the most backwards sense of “good weather”. You can’t say that Florida has the second worst weather in the nation (unless you’re allergic to the sun or something) and that the weather in places like Minnesota and Alaska is much better. I live in Georgia and one of the only things I like about living here is the weather

    12. With the exception of D.C., the worst of humanity gravitates to wherever the cost of living is cheap. If I was forced to live in Florida, I would commit suicide because it is the armpit of the US – Stinking hot with stifling humidity almost year round- – Boring without the change of seasons, and with flat landscapes with the ugliest of trees. It’s a place that breeds pestilence and disease, including leprosy and let’s not forget the mosquitoes and, palmettos, as well as poisonous snakes, alligators and sharks- Sinkholes abound, as well as scam artists, fraudulent doctors and medical practices, baby killers, such as Casey Anthony and wife killers, such as O J Simpson, as well as wannabe narcissitic big shots that kill black teens and beat up their girlfriends, such as the POS George Zimmerman – Florida also boasts the Number 6 state with the most sex offenders. Florida also has the most old people, who are the worst drivers and spread the most STD’s in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. And the worst of the worst gun-toting and bible belching hypocritical confederate flag flying racist hypocrites. I wish I could be alive to see Florida sink into the ocean from climate change, which the majority of retards living there still deny.

      1. Evelyn, this your comment was so well written and snarky that I laughed out loud. I completely agree with your assessment of Florida and apply the same sentiment to all of the southern states, one of which I was born and grew up in. I hope that you see my reply to your comment, even though I’m responding two years later. Hilarity!

      2. Evelyn that is the funniest comment! I laughed so loud… I dislike Florida for a number of reasons but you’ve said it best! lol

    13. I live in Utah and here are my personal pros/cons of living here:
      Pro: Utah boasts that it has a healthy economy. Con: Many of the jobs are low-level jobs (minimum wage is around $7.25) and since Utah’s job market is unregulated, many of those jobs are pyramid schemes, otherwise known as multi-level marketing schemes. My background is in marketing and I cannot tell you how many job posts were MLMs where they requested that the employee pays to work there.
      Housing market:
      Pro: In Salt Lake City, there are charming bungalows and Victorians. Con: The SLC median housing price is around $315K and it’s more in some of the suburbs. Plus, there is a major meth problem.
      Pro: Fun outdoor activities- skiing, boating, and hiking. Con: Not a diverse selection of bars or restaurants.
      The People:
      Pro: I can’t really think of one. Con: Lots of self-righteous self-centered people. I swear everyone here is related to one another. They all dress the same, act the same and look the same. In other words, homogeneous.

    14. Damn! Nebraska never wins anything.

      I am surprised this was not reported every day for a week in Nebraska.
      I guess this is not news.
      I’d like to say Nebraska is best rather than read it’s least worst.

      Thanks RoadSnacks

    15. To put it simply Cold weather Sucks!! AZ all the way, Hot and Dry, just the way I like it. If I decide I want snow I’ll drive 2 hours north. I lived in N.Y. and it sucks, over crowded, high pollution, too damn expensive. High prices low quality. I love Arizona.

    16. Here’s my personal subjective list, based upon my own criteria.

      1: Maine
      2: Wyoming
      3: Pennsylvania
      4: Idaho
      5: Nebraska
      6: South Dakota
      7: Vermont
      8: Arizona
      9: New Hampshire
      10: North Dakota
      11: Louisiana
      12: Colorado

    17. If you are looking to get on welfare well Minnesota is the place to go.. Being from Minnesota I am embarrass by this. I am looking to move out of this state… I am looking to move to some where it is warm, and there is employment and good environment.. very very low crime rate…. any ideas of which states are the best ones to relocate to

    18. When you have lived in or visited most of these states… What? This list is all wrong. States that should DEFINITELY be here are not. What a sham.

    19. You Shall die in Fire and flame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      First off: AZ should be #1 and Mississippi Should be at least #10!

    20. Home come Florida did not make this list ? Many families are moving out because they can not afford to take care of the household . Hourly wage is way to low and the prices for buying houses are sky high . I know multiple people that are renting homes with five or six of their friends ! The crime here is bad it’s only going to get worse . If your not retired or middle high class Florida is a horrible state to live in .

    21. Yeah, even if we go with your list as gospel, I’d still take living in New Mexico on a bad day over living in any other country in the world. First world problems.

    22. Quite frankly, I live in virginia (one of the top states listed to live in) and personally I would rather live in California. Yes there is wealth here, and our summers are nice (although we still get 7 months of winter weather – so we are a state that still only has short summers), and there are places in our state where the jobs are plentiful. However, I feel like we are one of the emptier states in the country (which maybe good for quality of life and job opportunity), but as a young man (or atleast young enough, I’m in my early 30s) I feel like this is a terrible state to date or find friends in. California has literally a 4 x times larger population which means there are a lot more stores, a lot more things to do, and a lot more social opportunities. Also, California has some of the best weather on earth (nearly year long summers). So, yeah I’d trade.

    23. You obviously didn’t consider the quality of our food. I’ll put MS, LA, and AL up against any other state or region. Plus, I LOVE my rural living. This elitist list is pure horseshit.

    24. what a loaded bunch a loaded liberal BS. Population density?!? seriously. Also there is no correlation between income and cost of living. Hands down worst state in the union is California where they outlaw drinking straws.

    25. California sucks so bad, full of Libtards and most people here are clueless, I was very surprised that all of my coworkers didn’t even know that we pay the highest amount for gas in the entire nation, everything is overpriced, Most people here don’t even know who our current governor is. There is barely any freedom here, the only freedom you have is to smoke pot. It’s also a “sanctuary state”, California is a extreme left leaning state. Mostly everybody here is a libtard zombie with their head up their ass….A bunch of people that think it’s cool to wear a “Cali” hat, but California is a fucking joke/communist state.

    26. A lot of poor people are really kind-hearted and socially-conscious people. There are statistics people can look up to back this up, for example the studies that conclude that there’s a high correlation between sociopathology and wealth.

      So, I think this study has multiple errors of statistical inference.
      Thanks for the ideas, yet I’d advise readers to look elsewhere for advice on this topic.

    27. You are typical of what our colleges are producing today, you need to compare the average income with the actual standard of living, the states in your top 10 are actually great places to live with low cost of living, and your crime statistics are scewed due to less population density. I am from The Great State of Tennessee and agree, Memphis is a shithole, a Democratic shithole, like most Democrat run shitholes, high crime and poverty. I do like your artical for one reason , may keep dumdasses like you out of our fair states. Sincerely, Joe Morton Jr.

    28. Living in New Mexico, I could not agree more. It should be The Land Of Entrapment. This place sucks. Im originally from Alabama, and most anyone I’ve talked to out here in New Mexico that has also moved from another state, agrees that it’s the worst. Funny thing is if you ask people born and raised here, they see no issues and usually get offensive when they hear negative things about it. I know one things for sure, and that is that I will never raise my family in this state. Could not agree more with you guys ranking New Mexico last.

    29. Maybe don’t claim that these states are the worse and show glorious pictures of places there and contradicting everything you say. And how is it bad for a state to have population density?

    30. I do have to say that these lists are pretty funny but subjective to peoples preferences hidden behind a rouse of ‘statistics’. Massachusetts, my home state is the 2nd best state in the nation behind new hampshire (gtfoh – haaaaaaa!!!)? Wow, that is awesome and laughable. The criteria seems a bit skewed. Why would lower population density mean it’s a shittier state? That seems counter intuitive. How bout ‘weather’? The weather in Massachusetts is an absolute nightmare, enough to make even the most positive person in the world question their existence. I used to cringe when living in sunny California and overhearing people talking about how they miss the seasons. THERE IS ONLY 1 SEASON HERE, it’s called winter and it last 8 months long. By mid September it’s under 40 degrees and nearing freezing. It’s not until the end of April or even into May does the temp return to over 50 degrees. 2 weeks of fall, 2 weeks of spring, 3 hot awesome months of summer and the most depressing miserable 8 months of your life spent wishing each day away. This ALONE should put Massachusetts in the top 10 WORST STATES in America. phhhhewww. I feel a little better now, only 6 weeks left in Winter. YeaH!

    31. though this ‘study’ claims to be unbiased or rather objective, the entire basis of its claim is not ‘hard science’. Examples of hard science are the disciplines of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Biology, where opinions are of no consequence. Though some of this study includes objective data, i.e. temperatures, distances, populations, elevations. etc., it emphasizes the preferences and assumed opinions of others. This is ‘soft’ science, i.e. Sociology, Psychology, History. Anytime a study claims to be entirely objective but has words such as ‘best’ and ‘worst’ in its very title, then one can be assured of its subjectivity. Still a good article with some interesting stuff.

    32. New Jersey is the worst most hated state to live in, has lowest quality of life, highest taxes, highest organized crime, worst terror, worst Apartheid schools, worst most violent cruel schools, worst concealed State crimes, worst CPS/DCPP forced child abductions at 8,000 year and worst most cruel forced drugging and concealed Judicial and State Attorney General corruption and tyranny, worst medical kidnapping, worst State malfeasance, worst northern state for racism, scientific racism and child Holocaust today, … This state is a living hell and nightmare so many people with more federal District and Circuit Court of Appeals against State corruption, malfeasance and extreme cruelty including child trafficking, human trafficking, prolonged torture and extreme abuse to the residents and people of New Jersey – join the federal class action suits and federal criminal justice charges to bring an end to the terror from the State of New Jersey (government).

    33. There are three factors you track to determine which states are the worst that I don’t agree with. Population Density, Median Home Value and Median Income. Extremely high home values, like in parts of California, contribute to problems such as homelessness. Low home values allow people with lower incomes to buy a home. Median income should be effective median income. The cost of living is much less in many southern states. Finally, it seems low population density shouldn’t really be a factor. Some states might have areas that are uninhabitable while other areas, in the same state, could be paradise.

    34. Question: Why the hell is Colorado not on this list? We’re overpopulated and people are only here because of the marijuana and crime is just as bad, if not worse, than it is in NYC or LA. Seems like every time I walk out my door, people are ALWAYS doing stupid shit and the law does nothing about it.

    35. Top two worsts states in the union is NOW officially Alabama and Georgia. Passing the new abortion laws sets women back to the 50’s. I was considering moving to Georgia. I never would now. They are the offical shit-hole states in the union. WOmen, move out of those states now!

    36. Anybody give me a recommendation please. I have been living in Houston Texas, I work for almost 10 company within 6 years but never get fulltime job, stable job, just a few month layoff, when I go to work I get many frustrating like bad leader, most Mexican leader, they make a group they treat bad to new people if you don’t be toady person, I don’t like that, now I’m frustrated, I want to move other state to look for good job, good co worker, a stable job to raise my kids, that is it, I graduated electrical electronic, computer engineering in my country but here it doesn’t work, I never get the job like that, just get jobs like as assembly, anyone recommend me what state should I come please,

    37. The criteria is bogus. Population density is a negative not a positive. The worst states in reality are:
      1. New Jersey
      2. New York
      3. California
      4. Delaware
      5. Maryland
      6. Illinois
      7. Michigan
      8. Arkansas
      9. Mississippi
      10. Oklahoma

      P.S. Arizona is awesome don’t hate!

    38. This is the definition of spurious, but I imagine your research seminar professor gave you an A. Missouri, for one, is much much worse than New Mexico on metrics related to social justice, murder, and air quality. You have a lot to learn about research (assuming you really care to do so beyond what’s required for pulling off your ulterior motive – clicks).

    39. You obviously don’t know what you are talking about. You look at median income but don’t take inflation into account. This is the same for median home value. Of course California will have higher income and home value but the purchasing power of their dollar is much less than of other states like Tennessee. You don’t know your stuff and have made a very poor article. Next time find real median income and not nominal median income.

    40. How is high population density even a consideration for ‘best place to live’, or population density at all for that matter, It’s subjective unlike crime or housing cost, and is almost always a negative: traffic sucks, streets are dirty, pollution is horrific, water quality sucks etc. etc. Walkability and public transportation much more relevant data. Just look at your winners, there is mass exodus out of the north east, tells me you got this straight up wrong, goofy even. My wife is from Stamford, we live in Boulder, omg! not even close.

    41. California is the worst state to live in, check out how much human waste is on the streets, its getting called the Sh*t state, just recently a woman had a bucket of fecal waste dumped on her head.

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