Best States for Living According to Residents
By Natalie Wise
When it comes to where to live, the best advice might come from the people who actually live there. Some states get high rankings from their residents, while in other states residents agree it’s a terrible place to live. The No. 1 state where residents are happy is Montana.
Gallup polled residents, asking them to rate their state as a place to live. The responses were categorized by what percentage said the state was the best or one of the best, what percentage said it was the best, and what percentage said it was the worst state to live in.
In the winning state, Montana, an overwhelming 77 percent of residents said their state was the best or one of the best places to live. The state had zero percent of respondents saying it was the worst state.
The No. 2 state, Alaska, also had 77 percent of residents saying it was the best or one of the best places to live. Despite a slightly higher percentage of respondents saying it was the very best, there were also 4 percent of respondents who said it was the worst, landing the state in second place.
Utah came in No. 3 with 70 percent of respondents saying the state was the best or one of the best places to live.
No. 4 is Wyoming with 69 percent of residents placing the state in the top.
No. 5 is Texas, with 68 percent of respondents saying it is the best or one of the best states to live. Hawaii also received 68 percent, but had a slightly higher percentage than Texas of respondents who said it was the worst state.
New Hampshire landed at No. 7 on the list with 67 percent, North Dakota was No. 8 with 66 percent and Colorado was No. 9 at 65 percent. The Denver-Aurora-Centennial metro consistently ranks as one of the safest cities and just ranked as one of the most income-equal cities.
The last state on the list is Vermont, where 61 percent of residents polled agree it is the best or one of the best states to live in.