WalletHub’s recent study has assessed the quality of life across various U.S. states, delving into metrics encompassing affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety.
Analyzing 51 different factors such as housing affordability, unemployment rate, and high school graduation rate, the study aimed to unveil the best states to live in. Regrettably, New Mexico found itself at the bottom of the ranking, occupying the 51st spot with an average score of 39.86.
Although the state’s economy secured a 25th place standing, and its quality of life achieved 31st place, the education and health sector and safety lagged behind, holding the 47th and 50th positions, respectively.
The study also scrutinized the percentage of poverty in each state, highlighting New Mexico’s unfortunate position at 48th place, preceded only by Louisiana (49th) and Mississippi (50th).
An in-depth look at crime rates revealed that Louisiana had a slightly worse ranking than New Mexico, ranking 50th, while New Mexico was positioned at 49th. Moreover, New Mexico trailed behind at 46th place when considering the percentage of the population aged 25 and older with a high school diploma.
Conversely, according to the study’s findings, Montana and Vermont emerged as leaders in this category, with Massachusetts securing the top spot as the best state to reside in.
Despite its 44th rank in affordability, Massachusetts excelled in other areas, boasting an 11th-place standing in the economy category and clinching the top ranks for education and health, quality of life, and safety.
The study’s comprehensive assessment underscores the diverse landscape of the U.S., revealing variations in key aspects of residents’ lives across states. While New Mexico faces challenges in education, health, safety, and poverty rates, the findings emphasize the need for strategic measures to uplift the state’s standing.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts’ overall top-ranking status showcases the importance of a holistic approach to governance and policy-making to enhance its citizens’ well-being across multiple dimensions.