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New Hampshire #1 Again for Living Richer Life

Monday, August 21, 2017

For the second consecutive year, New Hampshire ranks as the No. 1 state for families to live richer lives, finds a new study by personal finance website GOBankingRates.

Wyoming and Virginia have moved up in the rankings as the second- and third-best states for families. New Mexico saw the most dramatic decline on the list, replacing California as the worst state for families to live richer in 2017.

To identify locations that offer the best quality of life for families, GOBankingRates evaluated all 50 states. The rankings were determined by analyzing 12 key factors grouped into the following five categories:

  • Jobs and Income: Median household income and state unemployment rate.
  • Housing: Median home listing price and state property tax rate.
  • Lifestyle: State tax rate, annual child-care costs, costs of groceries and school district grade.
  • Healthcare: Average family health insurance premium and percentage of employer contribution to employee health insurance.
  • Safety: Annual Violent crime rates and property crime rates.
  • For full study results and more details on methodology, visit: Best and Worst States for Families to Live a Richer Life

GOBankingRates analyzed key factors in 50 U.S. states to determine places that offer the best quality of life at a good price. (PRNewsfoto/GOBankingRates)

Best States

1. New Hampshire

  • Median Household Income: $66,779
  • Median Home List Price: $278,000
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 1.99

2. Wyoming

  • Median Household Income: $58,840
  • Median Home List Price: $238,125
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 2.22

3. Virginia

  • Median Household Income: $65,015
  • Median Home List Price: $299,950
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 1.96

4. North Dakota

  • Median Household Income: $57,181
  • Median Home List Price: $201,500
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 2.39

5. Delaware

  • Median Household Income: $60,509
  • Median Home List Price: $260,000
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 4.99

Worst States

1. New Mexico

  • Median Household Income: $44,963
  • Median Home List Price: $219,000
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 6.56

2. Louisiana

  • Median Household Income: $45,047
  • Median Home List Price: $204,400
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 5.4

3. California

  • Median Household Income: $61,818
  • Median Home List Price: $499,000
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 4.26

4. Texas

  • Median Household Income: $53,207
  • Median Home List Price: $270,000
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 4.12

5. Washington

  • Median Household Income: $51,062
  • Median Home List Price: $344,950
  • Violent Crimes Per 1,000 People: 2.84

Additional Study Insights

  • New Mexico has the highest rate of violent crimes at 6.56 per 1,000 residents and its schools have the third-lowest grade in the U.S.
  • Vermont is the safest place to live on the list with the lowest property crime and violent crime rates.
  • Massachusetts has the highest-rated schools out of the 50 states on the list.

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