We used science and data to determine which U.S. states have it made.
Do you live in one of the best states in America?
You might think people across the nation like to think they live in the best place in the country. After all, you wouldn’t spend your lives somewhere that you truly didn’t love. Right? Not always. In fact, according to 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, odds are you don’t want to go anywhere.
The purpose of this study is to use science to determine which of our great American states are the absolute best. While unbiased, this research does take into account factors that almost all Americans would agree are desirable. Therefore, while you may have strong opinions either way, you can’t argue against the methodology.
After analyzing all 50 U.S. states, we came up with this list as the 10 best states in our nation for 2018:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
How we crunched the numbers for the best states of 2018
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 2012-2016, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The higher the better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- High Median Income
- High Home Values
- Levels of College Education
- A lot of insured people
- Low Crime
- No poverty
We then ranked each state from 1 to 50 for the criteria with a #1 ranking being the best for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Best Place To Live Index”.
Finally, we ranked every state on the “Best Place To Live Index” with the lowest index being the Best State To Live in America for 2018.