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In a recent ranking published by WalletHub, Minnesota earned second place in a 2019 list of the best states to live in.1 The state was just behind Massachusetts and ahead of New Hampshire.

Of the top five states, which also included New Jersey and Colorado, Minnesota was the only state from the Midwest. Still, this win shouldn’t be so surprising considering Minnesota’s quality of life has consistently been high and has been recognized by a number of quality-of-life rankings similar to this one.

Why Is Minnesota One of The Best States to Live In?

According to WalletHub, this list of the best American states to live in were based on “51 key indicators of livability.” These indicators ranged from crime rates and housing costs to income growth and poverty levels.

The study also looked at statistics that aren’t often considered for these kinds of lists. From education access, homeownership rates and weekly work hours to the percentage of insured residents and even the number of restaurants per capita. All the indicators were grouped into 5 major categories – “Affordability,” “Economy,” “Education & Health,” “Quality of Life,” and “Safety.”

These are the rankings that Minnesota scored for those categories:

  • Affordability – 6
  • Economy – 11
  • Education & Health – 3
  • Quality of Life – 10
  • Safety – 12

Preserving Minnesota’s Quality of Life

Minnesota’s high quality of life is supported by a variety of things including its state taxes, internationally renowned medical facilities, national parks, thriving business community, and cultural diversity. Even as housing costs are rising in the Twin Cities, there are still plenty of reasons why professionals and families should consider moving to Minnesota.

Be sure to check out our lists for the best Minneapolis suburbs for young professionals and the best neighborhoods in St. Paul for families. And if you decide to relocate to this lovely state, the movers in Minneapolis at USA Family Moving would love to help!


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Choose us and a crew of Minneapolis local movers, Minneapolis long-distance movers, Minneapolis residential movers, or Minneapolis commercial movers will arrive on your doorstep, ready to deliver a hassle-free moving experience. Contact us or call 612.286.0400 today for a FREE quote!


  1. Adam McCann, WalletHub – 2019’s Best States to Live in

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