If you live in New England, chances are, you already know how amazing it is to live here for so many reasons. For instance, we have four seasons, which makes the weather exciting (that's one way to put it).

Also, New Englanders have a choice of the mountains, lakes, or ocean, which is my favorite part.

US News annually puts out a list of the best states in the whole country based on eight factors:

  • Crime and Corrections
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Fiscal Stability
  • Health Care
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural Environment
  • Opportunity

New England, Time to Puff Out Our Collective Chests

We're number two!  We're number two!  According to usnews.com, New Hampshire is the 2nd best place to live in the whole country.  Last year, New Hampshire was number six in this same poll.

In addition to being number two overall, New Hampshire was number one for Crime and Corrections (meaning we doesn't just throw people in jail if they don't deserve it).  Also, the crime rate is low (even though I did have a couple thefts happen to me when we lived in Manchester).

In fact, almost all of the New England states scored very high in Crime and Corrections.  The ranking for that category is as follows:

  • 1.  New Hampshire
  • 2.  Maine
  • 3.  Vermont
  • 4.  Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts came in at number 10 overall, according to the same poll in usnews.com.

Massachusetts was number two in the country for Health Care, which is not a surprise, given that we have the most incredible hospitals in the world.  Hawaii took the top spot in that category.  Of course it did.  All the aforementioned smart doctors made a ton on money and relocated to Hawaii.

I do love living in New Hampshire, but the markers it was measured by don't really matter to me.  My family is here.  I would be happy wherever they are.  Even if it's Louisiana, which came in dead last.

Do you agree with this?

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