BOSTON — Massachusetts is the best state to live in, according to a new report. WalletHub compared the 50 states based on affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety. Massachusetts ranked first overall with high scores in economics, education and health, quality of life and safety. Of all 50 states, Massachusetts was ranked as the best overall state in the country to live in.
The Bay State also topped the list at No. Massachusetts was crowned the best state to live in, followed by New Jersey, New York, Idaho and Virginia. Choice communities include Boston, Worcester, Northampton. Boston may be the obvious choice for the best places to live in Massachusetts, but there are plenty of other strong candidates.
Good educational opportunities, great scenery and the best career options are just a few reasons why The Bay State is an attractive place for people looking for a good quality of life. Massachusetts also ranked eighth in terms of the percentage of adults in good or poor health and ninth in revenue and restaurant growth per capita. This state ranked seventh in the subcategory for “Economics”, surpassing Massachusetts, which ranked tenth in that category. However, Massachusetts ranked 44th in terms of affordability, which means it may not be the best state financially for everyone to live in.
Massachusetts scores highest when it comes to education and measures for health, safety and quality of life. A report released in May found that the average selling price of a home in Massachusetts has risen above half a million dollars. Massachusetts also performs well when it comes to income growth and has the largest percentage of its population insured, according to WalletHub. Around 75,000 people live in the four square miles of Somerville, making it one of the most densely populated cities in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts also has the highest percentage of the insured population in the country and one of the lowest average weekly working hours, contributing to its overall top spot.