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A new report names Massachusetts the best state to live in

In the WalletHub report, Massachusetts beat out New Jersey. The Garden State had bested the Bay State for the top spot in 2021.

Massachusetts beat out New Jersey, which had bested the Bay State for the top spot in 2021. Globe Staff

The quality of Massachusetts’ schools and its low crime rate helped the Commonwealth land the top spot in this year’s WalletHub study of the Best States to Live In, the consumer financial website reported Monday.

Massachusetts beat out New Jersey, which bested the Bay State for the top spot in 2021.

The report looked at 52 metrics ranging from housing costs and income growth to education rate and hospital quality. The key five dimensions were:

  1. Affordability
  2. Economy
  3. Education & health
  4. Quality of life
  5. Safety

Other factors that helped Massachusetts garner the win include placing:

  • First for the percentage of its population that is insured
  • Fifth for its average weekly work hours
  • Sixth for the percentage of residents ages 12-plus who are fully vaccinated
  • Seventh for the percentage of its population in poverty
  • Eighth for percentage of adults in fair or poor health
  • Ninth for the number of restaurants per capita
  • Ninth for income growth

And here is where the state falls short, according to the study: cost of living and road quality.

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These are the top 10:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
  4. Idaho
  5. Virginia
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Florida
  8. Wyoming
  9. Minnesota
  10. Wisconsin

The bottom 10 are (from least worst to worst): West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, and Mississippi.


And here is where all of the New England states landed:

Massachusetts → 1
New Hampshire → 6
Maine → 11
Vermont → 12
Connecticut → 25
Rhode Island → 28

And the overall rankings:


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