Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

New Study: California has worse quality of life, Iowa best overall, Colorado has best economy

California has the worst quality of life in the United States, according to a new ranking released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Public domain image/National Atlas of the United States

According to the study, California ranked No. 32 overall but came in 50th place for quality of life, just after New Jersey in 49th and Indiana in 48th. The state with the best quality of life was North Dakota, followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The “quality of life” category takes into account the health of a state’s natural and social environments, according to U.S. News.

“Among the measures used to evaluate states’ natural environments are drinking water quality, air quality and total toxic chemical pollution per square. The ranking also considers how much each state puts its citizens at risk for long-term, chronic health effects from pollution,” the study said.

“Social environment, on the other hand, investigates how involved people are in their communities,” the study said. “Two of the measures, community engagement and social support, are based on surveys where people shared how often they participate in community events and how often they spend time with family members, friends and work colleagues. Political involvement was also determined by evaluating average voter turnout at the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.”

Check out the full study HERE

The study also judged states on their health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections and fiscal stability in order to determine the “Best State” overall.

Greg Gutfeld took issue with the California ranking in a new Fox post, which illustrated some of the factors:

  • It’s impossible to live there unless you are super rich or homeless
  • Renting a truck to go San Francisco to Dallas will cost 3,200 bucks. The return trip only 1,100 — that’s a 180 percent surcharge.
  • …anyone who’s been to L.A. knows the ugly truth: It’s turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland with 55,000 homeless in that county alone.
  • S.F. isn’t much better, spending millions last year on cleaning up human waste left on its streets by the homeless.
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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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