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Top 10 states to live based on cost, safety, and quality of life

1. New Jersey

Total score: 63.01

Although New Jersey is not among the most affordable states (it ranked 49), it got top marks in safety (ranked No. 1), quality of life (7) and education and health (5).

2. Massachusetts

Total score: 62.60

Massachusetts ranked the highest in education and health (1), quality of life (5) and safety (5). It ranked low in affordability (45).

3. New York

Total score: 61.63

New York ranked the highest in quality of life (1) and safety (2), with a low ranking for affordability (47).

4. Idaho

Total score: 61.16

Idaho ranked high in safety (4) and for its economy (5), with a lower ranking in education and health (29).

5. Minnesota

Total score: 60.97

Minnesota ranked high in health and education (4) and affordability (9), with a lower ranking in safety (21).

6. Wisconsin

Total score: 60.94

Wisconsin ranked high in quality of life (8) and safety (9), with a lower ranking in affordability (32).

7. Utah

Total score: 59.84

Utah ranked high for its economy (2) and affordability (6), but ranked lower ranking in safety (32).

8. New Hampshire

Total score: 59.59

New Hampshire ranked high for its economy (4) and in education and health (6) but ranked low in affordability (40).

9. Iowa

Total score: 59.49

Iowa ranked high in education and health (11) and for its economy (13), but had a lower ranking in affordability (20).

10. Pennsylvania

Total score: 59.21

Pennsylvania ranked high in quality in life (2) and safety (7), with a low ranking for its economy (42).

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