America’s worst states to live in 2018

From lack of health care and attractions to high crime rates and disease, these are the worst states in the U.S. for quality of life.

Far be it for us to dent your home state pride, but the fact is that there are ways to objectively measure quality of life, and some states do not measure up as well as others. Our Quality of Life category in America’s Top States for Business, worth 300 out 2,500 total points, looks at factors such as violent crime rates, area attractions, health care, and environmental quality, based on our Top States methodology and sources. These are the 10 worst states to live in this year.

10. New Mexico

New Mexico State Police officers investigate a triple homicide in Dixon on May 31, 2018.


9. (tie) Mississippi

Mississippi has the second-highest obesity rate in the nation.


9. (tie) South Carolina

South Carolina has one of the highest incidences of diabetes in the nation.


7. Oklahoma

A rodeo clown avoids a charging bull while competing in the Bulls and Bands in Oklahoma.


6. Missouri

Kansas City police investigate a homicide after an attorney was gunned down outside his home in Kansas City.


5. Indiana

Demonstrators gather at Monument Circle to protest a controversial religious freedom bill during a rally in Indianapolis.


4. Tennessee

An employee stocks cans of tobacco beside a display of Marlboro brand cigarettes inside a tobacco store in Nashville, TN. 


3. Alabama

Birmingham police respond to a shooting at Huffman High School on March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama.


2. Louisiana

The Shell Norco refinery, in Norco, Louisianna. The refinery is considered one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the United States.


1. Arkansas

People attend a livestock auction at Pruitt's Mid-State stockyards in Damascus, Arkansas, on November 6, 2017. 



Source: America’s worst states to live in 2018


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