Home to glitz and glamour and so-called liberal thinkers and politically-correct pro-”sanctuary” advocates, California is always a high-profile state. It also happens to be the worst state to live in in terms of the “quality of life”, however. A study by U.S. News ranks California dead last among all the states surveyed in terms of the quality of life category, ranking behind New Jersey (49th) and even Indiana (48th).
California earned the infamy of being last in the quality of life measure due to its low marks in the sub-categories of environmental quality and social engagement. Social engagement measures voting participation and community bonds.
Aside from a healthy environment, people’s quality of life is in large part due to their interactions with those around them. Studies say that when people feel socially supported, they experience great happiness, along with good physical and mental health.
U.S. News ranked each state according to seven other areas, which were measured based on a survey that determined their importance to the public: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections, and fiscal stability to come out with the “Best States” ranking.
North Dakota took the top spot in the quality of life category and ranked No. 4 overall in the “Best States.”
California finished No. 43 in fiscal stability, was No. 46 in opportunity, and also did poorly in infrastructure, ranking No. 38. It had its relatively high marks in some areas, though. California was at No. 11 in health care, a high No. 4 in economy, and at 28th spot in crime and corrections.
California ranked No. 32 among 50 U.S. states overall, not a proud ranking for such a high profile state. It is behind New York, which is ranked 25th, New Jersey at 19th, and Florida at 15th.
Overall, it is Iowa which took the top spot in the “Best States” study, and it scored highly in infrastructure and health care.
Greater weight was given to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. As such, health care and education were given the biggest weight. The two areas are followed by state economies, the opportunity states offer their citizens and infrastructure. Iowa gained the top spot because it ranked the best in infrastructure and took the third top spot in health care.