February 21, 2018
California’s livability slipped to a four-year low in Gallup’s annual “Well-Being Index” poll that ranks the nation’s states for quality of life. California came in at No. 14 in 2017, the lowest ranking since 2013 when it was ranked 17th.
In 2016, California ranked No. 13, after a No. 11 ranking in 2015 and a No. 12 ranking in 2014. The Golden State’s livability trails right behind Florida and Texas, and is just ahead of Arizona.
California’s “physical” attributes, which measures a population’s healthiness, ranked high at No. 3, while its worst quality-of-life showing was for “financial” status, a metric of the population’s sense of economic security, which came in at No. 28 nationally.
The best states for quality of life were South Dakota, Vermont, Hawaii and Minnesota. The worst ranked states were West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. The national livability score experienced the largest dip in the 10-year history of the index in 2017, dropping in 21 states.
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