Maine shot up eight places this year in an annual ranking of the best states in which to live, almost cracking the top 10. Maine placed No. 11 among the best, according to the analysis recently released by financial website WalletHub. This rank is up from No. 19 in 2021.
WalletHub compared all U.S. states using 52 criteria in five categories: affordability, economy, education and heath, quality of life, and safety. The individual metrics ranged from the unemployment rate to homeownership rate to the number of restaurants per capita. Data was obtained from nearly two dozen public sources.
New England states faired 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.
To view the complete report visit wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-live-in/62617.
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