Best Place to Live? Granite Staters Are in the Right Spot
Granite Staters are right where they want to be after a new report revealed the country's best states to live in.
New Hampshire ranked second in the annual report “Best States to Live in” from 24/7 Wall St.
The Granite State came just behind Massachusetts, which earned the No. 1 spot.
New Hampshire earned the No. 2 spot for its tied-for-lowest annual unemployment rate, 2.8 percent. Its 10-year population change was +1.5 percent, which is the fifth smallest increase out of all the states. New Hampshire’s poverty rate is the lowest in the country at only 7.3 percent. The life expectancy at birth is about 80 years, the 10th longest in the country.
New Hampshire's crime rate is among the lowest. Nationwide, there were 397 violent crimes and 2,450 property crimes per 100,000 people. In New Hampshire, there were just 198 violent crimes and 1,513 property crimes per 100,000 people.
The state’s job market is also one of the healthiest in the country. New Hampshire’s annual unemployment rate of 2.8 percent in 2016 is tied with South Dakota for the lowest of all states.
People who are out of work are among the most likely to earn below poverty level incomes, so New Hampshire’s healthy job market may help explain its nation-low poverty rate of 7.3 percent. That figure is nearly half the national poverty rate of 14 percent.
The report’s Top 10 best states to live in are as follows: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Colorado, New Jersey, Maryland, Minnesota, Hawaii, Virginia, and Washington.
Most of the states that rank higher in other measures of quality of life, including health outcomes, tend to have higher median incomes and lower poverty.
All 50 states were ranked based on their overall quality of life, which includes an area’s economy, jobs market, income levels, poverty, crime, education levels, health care, transportation, and whether an area is generally desirable. For detailed findings and methodology, click here.