The Best Place to Live in the USA? The Green Mountain State Tops this Year’s List

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Autumn in Vermont.

A new report ranks Vermont as the best place to live in America. The CNBC report used factors like affordable housing, education quality, cost of living, healthcare quality, job opportunities and environment to come up with the state rankings.

Everyone dreams of living and planting roots in a place that has it all: affordable housing, great schools, a low cost of living, quality health care, job opportunities and a clean environment. All these factors add up to ensure a top-rated quality of life. Companies seeking to attract the best possible workforce are increasingly realizing how key this is for their future growth plans.

Skiers at Jay Peak, Vermont.

Using hard data to measure the quality of life, crime rates, tourist visits, health care and inclusiveness, as measured by legal protections written into state laws, they calculated a score to rank each state. By the numbers, some states do much better than others, but these 10 states are scientifically the best places to live in America.


10. Massachusetts
9. Colorado
7. (tie) Montana & Iowa
5. (tie) Washington & New Hampshire
4. North Dakota
3. Minnesota
2. Hawaii
1. Vermont

According to the report, the Green Mountain State has America’s second-lowest violent-crime rate, a healthy population, a pristine environment and strong anti-discrimination laws to make sure all can enjoy the place. Nearly 77 percent of those surveyed said they feel “active and productive”, the highest rate in the nation.

CNBC scored the quality of life in Vermont at 268 out of 300 possible points and ranked second in last year’s report. Unfortunately, the report only shows the top end of the ranking. Of course, what we all want to know is who’s rock bottom…

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