Skip to comments.50 States and DC Ranked in Order by Livability of their Better Areas; according to crystalk
Posted on 08/19/2002 11:52:05 AM PDT by crystalk
STATES RATED [Assumes you will grow up, raise a family, or retire--in an AVG spot in the BEST 25% of the State]
[If no regional preference is shown, it means entire State about equally good overall, pick your own best.]
1. Florida [Best areas are in NE, NW, or SW. So friendly and so many jobs, climate an extra.]
2. Georgia [Avoid areas within 35 mi of Atlanta center; better not too close to AL line.]
3. Virginia [Avoid areas >5 mi NW of I-81; if TIED to DC area, live in Va.]
4. South Carolina [better NW and around lgr cities. or in gated comm]
5. North Carolina [Better in West; less good >15 mi E of CLT-GSO line]
6. Tennessee [Much better to E of Nvl-Chatt line]
7. Texas [Best areas SCen or beaches; avoid Mx border zone.]
8. Kentucky [Avoid E 30% of state, or Wmost 10%.]
9. Mississippi [Better in S 40% of state, or near universities.]
10. Arkansas [Best in NW; avoid SE 44% of state.]
11. Oklahoma [Better in E/SE 60% of state]
12. Louisiana [Better near NO or lg cities, but if you love Cajuns go Anywhere in S half.]
13. Alabama [Better in Mobile/coast area; or in/near sizable cities, or N/NE area.]
14. Arizona [Best in Cen or SE areas. Pretty desert, pretty hot.]
15. Nevada [Bracing weather in N 90% of state; Vegas and Ariz-type climate in S; low taxes.]
16. New Mexico [Interesting, not as hot as AZ; N half is cold in winter.]
17. Idaho [Climate less cold than you think; beautiful. Boise booms.]
18. Utah [Climate and Mormons not as cold as feared. Scenery forever.]
19. Indiana [Better in Cen, SCen, SE. E areas; avoid the Gary/Chicago area in NW.]
20. South Dakota [Unique place, Indians, Colleges. Scenery better and climate less bad in W qtr]
21. Colorado [better out of City limit of Denver; plains E/SE and deserts W & NW less good.]
22. Oregon [deserts E sunny chilly and lonely; W 40% mild, drizzly, England-style, take your pick]
23. Kansas [better in E 30% or S 30%, of state; avoid in-city Wichita, KC, Topeka.]
24. Wyoming. [Just what youd think, in all four corners and the center.]
25. West Virginia [best in E half of state, or Chas/Hntgtn area, or near Ohio R; avoid SW and SCen]
26. Pennsylvania [even in Phil & Pitts, some livable areas]
27. Delaware [Only state in NE with net inflow of population, but room runs out soon.]
28. Ohio [Avoid the city limits of largest 6 or 8 cities]
29. New Hampshire [Unique, snowy but low taxes, builds character.]
30. Washington [S half and E quarter really better than popular Seattle area in NW]
31. Maryland [Avoid area within 25 miles of downtown DC or Baltimore.]
32. Montana [Remote chic, or just remote? Neighboring states offer better for less.]
33. Missouri [Better in S half; avoid StL or KC city limits absolutely; their areas if possible.]
34. Rhode Island [New England, but not so stuffy. Good sailing. Italian, family oriented.]
35. Maine [Remote like Montana, but lives on lobster & welfare instead of cattle.]
36. Connecticut [A used-ta-be FTMP. Avoid Hartford; E third of state not as bad.]
37. New Jersey [No-go areas getting smaller, but stay out of Camden, Elizabeth, and Newark.]
38. California [Get real Mexico at $15/day; avoid this $750/day 3d world. Polluted, Baja is Better.]
39. Nebraska [American Gothic; prairie still wholesome. Nice folks, Go Big Red!]
40. Hawaii [Corrupt, expensive, a social catastrophe in the making? Trouble in paradise.]
41. Iowa [Hogs, corn, freezing cold, some of looniest leftist universities anywhere.]
42. Michigan [Avoid SE and rust belts. Snowy. Rural areas lovely in summer.]
43. Illinois [Big city, decent areas far to S, but still 24 pts below IN and 6 below NJ!]
44. Minnesota [Beginning to wake up from Marxist dreams, but still cold as ever]
45. Wisconsin [9 months frozen; 3 of mosquitoes, leftist state U attracts kooks. Cheesy.]
46. Alaska [Not all of state is as cold as feared; envo-wackos, moose, affirm-action natives, grizzlies.]
47. North Dakota [Nice people, but who deserves THIS climate?]
48. Massachusetts [Loony-left Tax Hell , with once-great universities. Avoid Boston, Brockton.]
49. New York State [ Tax Hell. NYC OK for richest; see lower Hudson valley & Long Is; forget rest.]
50. Vermont [Taxes and enviro- wackos. Hell freezes over, with maple syrup and socialism.]
51. Dis. of Col. [Dangerous, dirty city has tourist sites, universities. Power in the air, though.]
Read em and weep.
Heh heh, I live in North Alabama.
I'm a recent transplant from Seattle, one of several West Coast cess pools of humanity, and I'm loving it.
I think that's pretty obvious -
south = good
north = bad
I like how California (#38) is described as "Third World" yet Tennessee (#6), Kentucky (#8) and Mississippi (#9) are all in the top 10.
Shhhhhhhhhh. My neighbor's (2 doors down, about 1/2 mile from us) were robbed this past Saturday - mid-morning - so now I'm paranoid.
Sorta confirms what a lot of us have known for a long time.
And the counterrevolution is coming...
Boston, Massachusetts. If you move to Boston, you'll find an outstanding level of arts and culture. A city rich in history and tradition, Boston offers sites of historical interest, picturesque architecture, and beautiful parks and scenery. Job growth is good, due to a boom in the high-tech and electronic industries, and the unemployment rate is low. The city boasts excellent libraries, museums, theaters, galleries, and performing arts groups. A major center of higher education, Boston has more than 65 colleges and universities in its metropolitan area.
Man, you sure got us pegged. NW half is splendid, SE half is awful (I live right on the dividing line).
Btw, isn't SW Florida also known as the Gulf of Mexico? :)
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