Life satisfaction in a given state is often based on highly subjective measures — whether the climate is nice, whether friends and family are present, and other factors. While a connection to a place can often be based on intangibles, a good quality of life in a given state is largely predicated upon a few key factors. The levels of poverty, education, and health can largely capture living conditions in a state, which tend to vary considerably across the country.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed statewide social and economic measures to rank each state’s living conditions. Neighboring Massachusetts, home to one of the nation’s wealthiest and most highly educated populations, leads the nation. New Hampshire came in THIRD.
3. New Hampshire
10-yr. population growth: 4.3% (7th lowest)
2014 unemployment rate: 4.3% (8th lowest)
Poverty rate: 9.2% (the lowest)
Life expectancy at birth: 80.3 years (8th highest)
According to 24/7 Wall St: Relative to some other best states to live, like New Jersey (REALLY?! you’re comparing us to NEW JERSEY?!) or Massachusetts, New Hampshire lacks the attractions and facilities that people look for. The state has among the lowest concentrations of restaurants, bars, and hotels in the country. (I am not sure the author has ever visited Portsmouth which consistently ranks one of the best places to eat in the USA and we certainly have a lot of bars. It seems like a new hotels are growing faster in downtown Portsmouth than weeds in June. I guess if you take into account that as a state we do not have a lot of bars, restaurants and hotels in the beautiful White Mountain National Forest then the author could be correct) Still, the state is one of the best in the country based on fundamental factors such as income, poverty, and employment. New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate in the country at 9.2%, relative to the national poverty rate of 15.5%. A typical home in New Hampshire is valued at $236,400, well above the national median home value of $181,200. A typical household earns $66,532 each year, the 7th highest annual median household income in the nation. As in most states with low poverty rates and high incomes, the average New Hampshire resident will enjoy a relatively long life. The life expectancy at birth in New Hampshire is 80.3 years, versus the national life expectancy of 78.9 years.
I had a group of gymnasts visiting Portsmouth last winter. Here is the article I wrote to help them. Visiting Portsmouth. It is in need of an update but it does point out some great places on the seacoast.
Source: 10 Best States To Live In