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What Is The Best Place To Live In America? Pros And Cons For All 50 States

If you could live in any state in America, where would you go?  During troubled times like these, what is the best place in the United States to live?  A lot of people are asking these kinds of questions these days.  Our economy is on the verge of collapse, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more intense, the U.S. population is becoming angrier and more frustrated by the day, our government has become incredibly oppressive and controlling, war could break out at any time and evidence that society is breaking down is all around us.  As our world becomes increasingly unstable, many families are considering moving somewhere else.  But what areas are best and what areas should be avoided?  Is there really a "best place to live" in America?  Well, the truth is that each family is facing a different set of circumstances.  If you have a great support system where you live, it can be really tough to pick up and move 3000 miles away from that support system.  If you have a great job where you live now, it can be really tough to move some place where there may be no job at all for you.  But without a doubt there are some areas of the country that will be far better off than others in the event of a major economic collapse.  This article will take a look at each of the 50 U.S. states and will list some of the pros and cons for moving to each one.

Not all of the factors listed below will be important to you, and a few have even been thrown in for humor.  But if you are thinking of moving in the near future hopefully this list will give you some food for thought.

A few years ago when my wife and I were living near Washington D.C. we knew that we wanted a change and we went through this kind of a process.  We literally evaluated areas from coast to coast.  In the end, we found a place that is absolutely perfect for us.  But different things are important to different people.

And if I gave your particular state a low rating, please don't think that I am trashing the entire state or all of the people who live there.

For example, there are some absolutely wonderful people that live in the state of California, and there are some areas of California that I would not mind visiting at all.  But for the times that are coming I am convinced that it is going to be a really bad place to live.

Not that I have all the answers either.  Hopefully this article can get some debates started, and hopefully those debates will help people that are thinking of moving to another state to be more informed.

The following are some pros and cons for all 50 states....

Alabama

Pros: warm weather, southern hospitality, relatively low population density

Cons: hurricanes, tornadoes, crime, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, rampant poverty

Overall Rating: C+

Alaska

Pros: great fishing, lots of empty space, low population density, great for rugged individualists

Cons: very high cost of living, earthquakes, volcanoes, extremely cold, short growing season, too much snow, potentially cut off from supplies from the lower 48 states during an emergency situation

Overall Rating: B

Arizona

Pros: warm weather

Cons: illegal immigration, wildfires, return of dust bowl conditions, not enough jobs, not enough rain, multiple nuclear power plants, crime, gang violence, Phoenix

Overall Rating: D+

Arkansas

Pros: southern hospitality, warm weather, Ozark National Forest

Cons: tornadoes, Clintons, New Madrid fault zone, multiple nuclear power plants, crime, rampant poverty

Overall Rating: C

California

Pros: Disneyland, warm weather, Malibu

Cons: high taxes, Jerry Brown, earthquakes, mudslides, wildfires, gang violence, crime, traffic, rampant poverty, insane politicians, ridiculous regulations, bad schools, political correctness, illegal immigration, not enough jobs, air pollution, multiple nuclear power plants, possible tsunami threat along the coast, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, huge drug problem, high population density, the state government is broke, many more reasons to leave California right here

Overall Rating: F

Colorado

Pros: Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs

Cons: wildfires, illegal immigration, short growing season, not enough rain, too much snow, huge drug problem

Overall Rating: B

Connecticut

Pros: beautiful homes

Cons: high taxes, insane politicians, ridiculous regulations, political correctness, short growing season, multiple nuclear power plants, high population density

Overall Rating: C-

Delaware

Pros: good fishing

Cons: Joe Biden, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, crime, high population density

Overall Rating: D

Florida

Pros: University of Florida Gators, oranges, low taxes, southern hospitality, Disneyworld, Gainesville, warm weather, beautiful beaches, Daytona

Cons: hurricanes, most of the state is barely above sea level, high population density, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, crime, gang violence, illegal immigration

Overall Rating: C

Georgia

Pros: peaches, southern hospitality, warm weather

Cons: not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, crime, gang violence, flesh eating disease, Atlanta

Overall Rating: B-

Hawaii

Pros: awesome beaches, warm weather, great vacation destination

Cons: vulnerable to tsunamis, very high cost of living, volcanoes, traffic, high population density, high taxes

Overall Rating: C-

Idaho

Pros: awesome people live there, great potatoes, low population density, high concentration of liberty-minded individuals, low crime, Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, north Idaho has plenty of water compared to the rest of the interior West, beautiful scenery

Cons: cold in the winter, wildfires, short growing season, not enough jobs

Overall Rating: A

Illinois

Pros: once you get away from Chicago things are not quite so bad

Cons: Barack Obama, drought, New Madrid fault zone, high population density, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, crime, gang violence, Chicago, East St. Louis, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, mob robberies, the state government is drowning in debt

Overall Rating: D-

Indiana

Pros: it is in better shape than Illinois, good farming, high Amish population

Cons: drought, tornadoes, the city of Gary, relatively high population density, near the New Madrid fault zone, a "rust belt" state

Overall Rating: C-

Iowa

Pros: low population density, low crime, good farming

Cons: drought, tornadoes, cold in the winter, multiple nuclear power plants, too much snow, very flat

Overall Rating: B-

Kansas

Pros: low population density, low crime, good farming

Cons: drought, tornadoes, return of dust bowl conditions, very flat

Overall Rating: B

Kentucky

Pros: southern hospitality, great horses, Lexington

Cons: New Madrid fault zone, not enough jobs, rampant poverty, Louisville

Overall Rating: C

Louisiana

Pros: southern hospitality, warm weather

Cons: hurricanes, New Orleans, not enough jobs, tornadoes, multiple nuclear power plants, oil spills, crime, gang violence, rampant poverty

Overall Rating: D

Maine

Pros: low population density, low crime, polite people

Cons: extremely cold, short growing season, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, too much snow

Overall Rating: B-

Maryland

Pros: the Washington Redskins play there

Cons: Baltimore, borders Washington D.C., high population density, really bad traffic, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, multiple nuclear power plants, crime, gang violence

Overall Rating: C-

Massachusetts

Pros: beautiful homes

Cons: high taxes, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, high population density, short growing season, almost everything is illegal in Massachusetts

Overall Rating: D+

Michigan

Pros: once you get away from Detroit and Flint things get better

Cons: Detroit, Flint, Dearborn, extremely cold, short growing season, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, too much snow, a "rust belt" state

Overall Rating: D-

Minnesota

Pros: land of 10,000 lakes

Cons: extremely cold, short growing season, multiple nuclear power plants, too much snow, high taxes

Overall Rating: C

Mississippi

Pros: southern hospitality, relatively low population density, warm weather

Cons: hurricanes, tornadoes, not enough jobs, rampant poverty, crime

Overall Rating: C+

Missouri

Pros: good farming, Branson

Cons: drought, tornadoes, New Madrid fault zone, not enough jobs, crime

Overall Rating: C

Montana

Pros: low population density, low taxes, high concentration of liberty-minded individuals, Missoula, Kalispell

Cons: extremely cold in the winter, wildfires, short growing season, not enough rain, near Yellowstone super volcano, rampant poverty, too much snow

Overall Rating: B+

Nebraska

Pros: low population density, good farming

Cons: tornadoes, drought, multiple nuclear power plants, cold in the winter, very flat

Overall Rating: B

Nevada

Pros: low population density, lots of empty space, low taxes, warm weather

Cons: Harry Reid, Las Vegas, Reno, not enough water, not enough rain, wildfires, hard to grow food, not enough jobs, crime, gang violence, huge drug problem, Yucca Mountain

Overall Rating: D+

New Hampshire

Pros: low crime, beautiful homes

Cons: extremely cold, short growing season, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, too much snow

Overall Rating: C

New Jersey

Pros: anyone got something?

Cons: high population density, Camden, Newark, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, Atlantic City, crime, gang violence

Overall Rating: D-

New Mexico

Pros: low population density, warm weather

Cons: illegal immigration, wildfires, return of dust bowl conditions, not enough jobs, not enough rain, crime, gang violence, huge drug problem

Overall Rating: C-

New York

Pros: the entire state is not like New York City

Cons: New York City, Mayor Bloomberg, high taxes, cold in the winter, high population density, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, the "too big to fail" banks

Overall Rating: D

North Carolina

Pros: southern hospitality, warm weather, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cons: hurricanes, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants

Overall Rating: B

North Dakota

Pros: low crime, lots of oil-related jobs, low population density

Cons: extremely cold, short growing season, too much snow

Overall Rating: B

Ohio

Pros: the Cincinnati Reds, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, high Amish population

Cons: not enough jobs, cold in the winter, multiple nuclear power plants, high population density, Toledo, Cleveland, a "rust belt" state

Overall Rating: C

Oklahoma

Pros: warm weather, good farming

Cons: drought, tornadoes, wildfires, return of dust bowl conditions, not enough rain, crime, Oklahoma City, rampant poverty

Overall Rating: C

Oregon

Pros: tremendous natural beauty

Cons: high taxes, Portland, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, not enough jobs, huge drug problem, possible tsunami threat along the coast

Overall Rating: C-

Pennsylvania

Pros: high Amish population

Cons: high population density, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, a "rust belt" state

Overall Rating: C

Rhode Island

Pros: so small that most people don't notice their problems

Cons: the state is flat broke, short growing season, political correctness, ridiculous regulations, insane politicians, not enough jobs, high population density

Overall Rating: D+

South Carolina

Pros: southern hospitality, warm weather, Myrtle Beach

Cons: hurricanes, not enough jobs, multiple nuclear power plants, crime, gang violence, rampant poverty

Overall Rating: B

South Dakota

Pros: low population density, fun tourist traps, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore

Cons: extremely cold, short growing season, very flat, too much snow

Overall Rating: B

Tennessee

Pros: Nashville, Michael W. Smith, southern hospitality, warm weather, Gatlinburg

Cons: Memphis, New Madrid fault zone, multiple nuclear power plants, crime, gang violence, rampant poverty

Overall Rating: B-

Texas

Pros: low taxes, warm weather, Austin

Cons: drought, illegal immigration, tornadoes, wildfires, West Nile Virus, the Dallas Cowboys, return of dust bowl conditions, speed traps, not enough rain, multiple nuclear power plants, George W. Bush, crime

Overall Rating: B-

Utah

Pros: beautiful mountains, low crime, low population density

Cons: cold in the winter, wildfires, Salt Lake City, short growing season, not enough rain, illegal to collect rain

Overall Rating: B-

Vermont

Pros: low crime, beautiful homes

Cons: cold in the winter, insane politicians, ridiculous regulations, short growing season, political correctness, not enough jobs, too much snow

Overall Rating: C

Virginia

Pros: the University of Virginia, southern hospitality, Charlottesville

Cons: borders Washington D.C., high population density, multiple nuclear power plants, Richmond, really bad traffic in northern Virginia

Overall Rating: B-

Washington

Pros: the eastern half of the state is quite nice and much different from the coast

Cons: way too much rain along the coast, volcanoes, wildfires, insane politicians, ridiculous regulations, political correctness, not enough jobs, possible tsunami threat along the coast, Seattle

Overall Rating: C

West Virginia

Pros: beautiful mountains

Cons: not enough jobs, rampant poverty

Overall Rating: B

Wisconsin

Pros: cheese, the Green Bay Packers

Cons: extremely cold, short growing season, multiple nuclear power plants, too much snow,

Overall Rating: B-

Wyoming

Pros: low population density, lots of empty space, low taxes

Cons: extremely cold, too windy, too flat, wildfires, short growing season, not enough rain, Yellowstone super volcano

Overall Rating: B-

What do you think of these rankings?

What do you think is the best place to live in America?

Do you have any additional pros and cons that should be added to this list?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below....

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  • Idk

    Really dumb article. Useless bloggers all over the web these days. Useless people.

  • CAdams

    LOL wow…nice sprinklings of commentary and lopsided opinions from an obvious left winged bitter Republican hater. Let’s stick to the facts, shall we?

  • Morgane

    I have a feeling the author comes from Idaho, don’t you? ;-) But since i come from Sandpoint, I’d have to agree with him!! :-P

  • Benjamin Cutler

    Thanks for the low rating of Oregon. Ya’ll can stay elsewhere. :)

    • Benjamin Cutler

      Author must have moved to Idaho. Great place!

  • http://www.tumbleweednews.com/ Vickie

    I have to agree with the grading system….Idaho is the best place to live :)

  • Me

    You have obviously never lived in Maryland. If you have a good income, lower Maryland (specifically Montgomery County) has some of the best towns/ school districts/ developments to live in in the country (look it up) and Churchill High school in Maryland is ranked in the top 50 high schools in America

  • Me

    Whoever wrote this lives in Idaho (just look at the rating)

  • Allah laugh Shah Larry kHz ask

    Wonder if he lives in Idaho…too biased.

  • Nina

    I’m Puerto Rican i was living in Atlanta for 4 Years and i got amazing jobs there! also people are very nice i came back to my island because i didn’t like the weather there.

  • danielle

    Pros for NJ: beautiful, mountainous areas in northern NJ. Sussex and warren counties are beautiful areas.

  • Tank

    New Jersey has great beaches. Better than many famous beaches around the world. On the con side you did not mention the insane property taxes.

  • Andrew

    Apparently you hate cities and New England! But I love my home in Connecticut!

  • Bob

    Vermont should be getting a substantially lower score than a c, There’s hardly any economy apart from pleasing tourists, housing prices are outrageous, many of the people rude, nothing to do no where to go, pay rates are rock bottom, taxes ridiculously high, cost of living high, no young people, deranged hippies, equally deranged trailer trash, massive amounts of welfare abuse, drug abuse, extremely hostel anti business environment, high cost of college, poor infrastructure, poor healthcare, higher cost of goods & services, technologically backwards, bland, no places to eat, no cheap housing, delapataded housing costing far more than it should, trust fund hipsters, no where to shop, stores close far earlier and aren’t open Sundays, poor working conditions, anti employee mentality, rampant animal abuse, elder abuse, child abuse, spouse abuse, obesity, poor nutrition, hatred of change, hatred of things not changing, and naturally the unending bitter cold. the list goes on and on and on..

  • Tina

    You boneheads: you listed Missoula, MT as a ‘pro’- do you guys know Missoula is Agenda 21?!!
    Get that off of there!!

  • CheeseWhiz

    Oh thanks !! We were planning to move to Northern Idaho and now you’ve ruined it. Now everyone will be moving there. By the way it gets really really really cold there and all those clouds from Seattle have to go somewhere and guess where they end up…..Northern Idaho…. with all the air pollution from China packed in them like pollution bags. Not only that but there is NO pizza delivery in Northern Idaho and you never hear about the Sasquatch maulings because there is a conspiracy to not report how many “squatch maulings” there actually are. There are only two seasons in Northern Idaho…..too hot and too cold.

  • greg

    Please grade Idaho an F so people do move here.

  • bpollen8

    TEXAS: Sky high property taxes in Dallas County and probably elsewhere. No state income taxes, but it makes up for that with sky high property taxes & a high sales tax. Louisiana: lowest property taxes. Texas: Thousands of dollars property taxes on a house that would have $200 or $300 annual property taxes in Louisiana.

  • Broxoli

    New Jersey= 3rd richest state in the nation. Stunningly beautiful suburbs with some of the best public schools in the nation. Close proximity to NYC and Phili without actually being there. 3 of CNN’s top 20 places to live are in NJ. Obviously whoever wrote this has only seen Newark Airport and/or the show “Jersey Shore”. Contempt prior to investigation? I think so. I don’t live in Jersey, but family does, and i’ll tell you it gets a bad rep for no reason. It’s absolutely beautiful in the suburbs.

  • mo

    I was looking for a pro/con list fot each state. Maybe you can point me to one that isn’t so political/spprts team themed. Barack Obama being from Illinois is a con of living there? That would effect zero people living there. Same with Texas and George w.

  • mhn

    The author is clearly republican

    • James Bonham

      the author is between 14 and 17 yrs old, I guarantee it

  • James Bonham

    most ridiculous thing ive seen In a long time, the author is an idiot.

  • Christie N.

    I believe the author may from Idaho….

  • LGrant

    Wyoming includes the supervolcano into its con list towards its B- rating. if this erupts it will seriously affect most of the states in the U.S. so to include it for this reason does not make sense. It should then be included in the western half of the states. Aside from this the “super volcano” is actually a pro for wyoming; it is not expected to explode within anyone’s lifetime and it is a major tourist attraction because of its beauties and wonders. Living close to this is actually a good thing because it is a cheap and fun vacation trip.

  • Mark

    I believe this person who made this lives in Idaho being that it is the only one with an A meaning that not all these facts are true although I do agree that Cali. has an F

  • Carlee

    Ya’ll are friggin stupid if you think Washington doesnt have enough jobs…. Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing.

  • http://theromancatholicvote.com/ catholicvoter

    Great, helpful article! While it is difficult to come up with pros for NJ, I suggest the shores, especially Cape May, and the Pine Barrens. I grew up there but am happily living in Texas now.

  • Sean Reilley

    New Jersey also has crazy drivers

  • cali4life

    Ha stay living under a rock in Idaho. I don’t want a closed minded person like the author living in my state anyway. This list is a joke.

  • Jwsurvival

    Take the politics out of your rankings and re rank each state

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