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August 19, 2022

Maine leapfrogs among 'best states to live in,' nearly cracks US ranking's top 10

Courtesy / WalletHub Maine placed No. 11 in this year's ranking of the best states to live in, after coming in at No. 19 last year.

Maine shot up eight places this year in an annual ranking of the best states in which to live — and almost cracked the top 10.

The Pine Tree State placed No. 11 among the best, according to the analysis released this week by financial website WalletHub. That rank is up from No. 19 in 2021.

WalletHub compared all U.S. states using 52 criteria in five categories: affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety. The individual metrics ranged from the unemployment rate to home-ownership rate to the number of restaurants per capita. Data was obtained from nearly two dozen public sources.

New England states fared well in this year’s comparison. Massachusetts, ranked No. 2 in 2021, beat out New Jersey for the top spot, after the Garden State had ranked No. 1 for the past two years.

New Hampshire, which previously ranked No. 8, moved up to No. 6. Vermont came in just behind Maine, at No. 12. Connecticut and Rhode Island ranked No. 25 and No. 28 respectively.

In comparisons for the five categories, Maine’s lowest rank, No. 35, was for affordability. But the state’s economy ranked No. 12 nationally. Maine placed even higher for education and health, No. 7, and safety, No. 10.

For quality of life, an attribute where Maine typically stands out in other national evaluations, the state received a so-so score of No. 25.

Overall, the worst state to live in, according to WalletHub, was Mississippi, which ranked No. 50.

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