Utah may be the third best state in the country, according to a new best states ranking from U.S. News and World Report, but its quality of life isn’t so good.
The new U.S. rankings identified Utah as the third best overall state, ranking behind Minnesota and Iowa in the top three. North Dakota and New Hampshire rounded out the top five.
On the flip side, Louisiana was ranked as the 50th best state (or the top worst state), followed by Mississippi, New Mexico, West Virginia and Alabama.
Despite Utah’s high ranking, the Beehive State was the only top-five state to miss out on the top 10 for quality of life, finishing at the 22nd spot on the list.
The best states ranking measured each state on eight factors, including health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections, fiscal stability and quality of life.
Utah finished first for fiscal stability, second for the economy and third for education, according to the rankings.
Utah ranked as the eighth best state for infrastructure.
However, Utah’s worst rankings came under the quality of life (22nd) and opportunity (35th). Opportunity measures poverty and economic equality in each state, while the quality of life measures a state’s air quality, pollution, voter participation and social support.
California, meanwhile, ranked as the state with the overall worst quality of life, according to USA Today, having the worst urban air quality of any state.9 comments on this story
“Despite its beaches, redwood trees and Hollywood glam, the state's blemishes are often highlighted. Los Angeles consistently leads as the world's most traffic-congested urban area, and even its own citizens have tried to secede multiple times,” according to USA Today.
Iowa, meanwhile, finished first on the quality of life side of the report.
Last year, Utah finished at the seventh best state in the country. It finished third place for infrastructure and government, as well as No. 4 for the state’s economy, the Deseret News reported.
Massachusetts topped last year’s list, along with New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington state.
Utah did, however, place first for job growth last year.