Quality of Life & Living Index

New Hampshire #1 for LivabilityNH offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed in the nation. This sounds like opinion, but it is backed up by fact. Check out how NH ranks in many national quality of life indicators in this section – always in the top ten and often in the top three! Plus, we have put all of these together to get an overall sense of how NH compares to other states. We call it the Living Index. It’s a combination of eight different national quality of life rankings. Each are weighted evenly and the total rankings are summed up. The states are then ranked based on the total score, and the lower score represents the higher rankings.

Guess what? NH comes out on top… by a very large margin. It confirms what you already know. Check it out, compare NH to other states.

In all seriousness, NH is a healthy, low crime, low tax state that provides residents and visitors with a true four season experience, with mountains, beaches, beautiful lakes, great hikes, and fall foliage that attracts visitors from thousands of miles away.

When we surveyed college students and recent graduates a few years back, 94% cited quality of life as a reason they planned to stay and live in NH. It is also what attracts so many from elsewhere to the state later in life. Currently, more than 50% of NH residents were born outside of the state. While this statistic may get under the skin of some NH natives, it is a testament to the value proposition we offer.

State
Living Index
HS Graduation
Family Well-Being
Tax Climate
Healthiest State
Most Livable
Per Capita Income
Safest State
Poverty Rate
New Hampshire3.25181821911
Alaska22.1254238438298432
Maryland2517254535164443
Connecticut12.5783711111114
New Jersey16.557501673205
North Dakota15.25212309101836
Minnesota10.25102411413177
Hawaii13.544222482117238
Virginia15.12522161520127159
Vermont11.87513433819410
Massachusetts15.1251453251322211
Delaware24.53127104127203912
Wyoming13212822836613
Iowa1546446528814
Nevada28.875483634735315014
Utah1339411122481315
Wisconsin19.125310381423271017
South Dakota18.62524262241525518
Washington16.3753611121318103119
Pennsylvania24.25623281834162420
Colorado18.3752520132914142621
Rhode Island23.53717461025151222
Kansas21.51213311517212723
Maine18.8759144042029224
Illinois25.52024233326113025
Montana21.12515326251938726
Indiana27.51933142731412527
New York27.25331549302451928
Idaho20.62513212923949930
Michigan28.1254030202238364129
Ohio31.3752929472141342931
Nebraska15.751694276221632
California303219481730123833
Florida29343554628244234
Oregon21261891922302135
Oklahoma34.53044184332333436
Missouri31831163439323337
West Virginia37.52843362643471438
Texas34.5273473937233739
Tennessee391141173647394540
North Carolina37.253837393142353541
South Carolina41.8754945254449454742
Arizona37.54339224036404643
Alabama40.3754147214244423644
Georgia37.54742274540373245
Kentucky392340343248441846
Arkansas423548353746464047
Louisiana44.254549334945264948
New Mexico41.6255046264833434849
Mississippi43.54650195050502850

Sources: Standard of Living (by Poverty Rate, 2006-08), U.S. Census Bureau; Most Livable State, CQ Press, 2008; Safest State (crimes per 100,000 people), CQ Press, 2009; Child and Family Well-being, Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count, 2009; Healthiest State, CQ Press, 2009; % Population Graduated HS, Education Week, 2009; Per Capita Income, US Census, 2008; Tax Climate, Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index