Study: Florida Will Continue To Be One of America's Worst States to Live In
To come up with the rankings, Gallup averaged each state's rank in 13 different metrics after conducting surveys across the country. Some metrics were determined by the percentage of residents who agreed with certain statements like "they learned something new yesterday."
Here's how Florida did on each:
- Economic Confidence Outlook: 34th
- Job Creation Index: 38th
- Employed Full Time for an Employer: 48th
- Standard of Living: 42nd
- Whether residents of individual areas of a state think their city is getting better or worse: 37th
- "Learned something new yesterday": 34th
- "Manager treats you like a partner, not a boss": 42nd
- "Easy to find clean safe water": 42nd
- "Easy to find a safe place to exercise": 29th
- How many residents think their life will be better in 5 years: 12th
- Low obesity rates: 17th
- Nonsmokers: 27th
- Visited a dentist in the last 12 months: 39th
What's almost tragic about these results is that our highest ranking comes in the category of how many of us think our lives will be better in five years, while the rest of the results seem to indicate that it probably won't be for most of us. Maybe we just don't think things here could possibly get any worse. Well, sorry.
In case you're looking to move, Utah came in first overall, followed by Minnesota, but who wants to buy a coat? Just don't move to West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Nevada or Arkansas -- the five state below us -- if you don't want things to get worse.
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