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Ranking of the best U.S. states to live in as of 2012

United States - the ten best states to live in as of 2012 (index score)*

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Release date

August 2012


United States

Survey time period

January 2, 2011 to June 30, 2012

Number of respondents

531,154 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* The findings are based on the following metrics measured as part of the Gallup Daily tracking, including the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index:
Full-time employment for an employer, economic confidence index, job creation index, supervisor relationship, standard of better living optimism, city optimism, daily learning, easy access to clean, safe water, easy access to a safe place to exercise, obesity, smoking, dentist visits, future life evaluation.

According to the source, The selection of the 13 metrics was not based on any statistical model, but rather on their presumed relevance to future livability. Each metric contributed equally to the final ranking. Here, you can find more information about the methodology.

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