The states where Americans have the best quality of life, ranked from lowest to highest

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  • U.S. News & World report ranked the best states in the US for quality of life.
  • Quality of life includes the quality of the natural environment, like water and air quality, and the quality of the social environment, like community engagement and voter participation.
  • Of every state in the US, North Dakota residents have the highest quality of life.

The United States is an enormous country, and quality of life varies from state to state.

But now, thanks to data published by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday, we can decisively say which state’s residents enjoy the highest quality of life in America.

The rankings, formed in partnership with McKinsey and Company, considered two metrics for each state: its natural environment, comprising drinking water quality, air quality, and pollution and industrial toxins; and its social environment, comprising community engagement, social support and voter participation.

Despite its small population, North Dakota topped the list, with two other Midwestern states, Minnesota and Wisconsin, finishing second and third.

Read on to see where your state ranks:


50. California

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Facebook/SF Gate

Natural environment ranking: 44

Social environment ranking: 47


49. New Jersey

Natural environment ranking: 32

Social environment ranking: 49


48. Indiana

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 46

Social environment ranking: 43


47. Illinois

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Shuttestock

Natural environment ranking: 50

Social environment ranking: 35


46. Texas

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 38

Social environment ranking: 46


45. West Virginia

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David Byron Keener/Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 47

Social environment ranking: 40


44. Pennsylvania

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 45

Social environment ranking: 41


43. Nevada

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 30

Social environment ranking: 50


42. Louisiana

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Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau / Flickr

Natural environment ranking: 49

Social environment ranking: 31


41. Virginia

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 39

Social environment ranking: 44


40. Ohio

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Flickr Creative Commons

Natural environment ranking: 48

Social environment ranking: 29


39. Arizona

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 40

Social environment ranking: 34


38. Connecticut

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 36

Social environment ranking: 39


37. New York

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 10

Social environment ranking: 48


36. Hawaii

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Oliver Le/Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 31

Social environment ranking: 37


35. Alabama

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 43

Social environment ranking: 27


34. North Carolina

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 37

Social environment ranking: 25


33. Florida

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Natural environment ranking: 1

Social environment ranking: 45


32. Georgia

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 15

Social environment ranking: 38


31. Maryland

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 29

Social environment ranking: 26


30. South Carolina

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 22

Social environment ranking: 33


29. Michigan

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 35

Social environment ranking: 23


28. Tennessee

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 24

Social environment ranking: 32


27. Kentucky

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 34

Social environment ranking: 22


26. Vermont

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 27

Social environment ranking: 28


25. Massachusetts

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Natural environment ranking: 3

Social environment ranking: 42


24. Delaware

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 23

Social environment ranking: 30


23. Rhode Island

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 4

Social environment ranking: 36


22. Utah

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 41

Social environment ranking: 6


21. Washington

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 7

Social environment ranking: 24


20. Idaho

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 26

Social environment ranking: 12


19. Alaska

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lembi/Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 42

Social environment ranking: 1


18. Oregon

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Sveta Imnadze/Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 19

Social environment ranking: 15


17. Oklahoma

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Matthew Rutledge/Flickr

Natural environment ranking: 28

Social environment ranking: 9


16. Kansas

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Natural environment ranking: 16

Social environment ranking: 16


15. Missouri

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 14

Social environment ranking: 18


14. Nebraska

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 21

Social environment ranking: 13


13. Montana

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Flickr / Bureau of Land Management

Natural environment ranking: 33

Social environment ranking: 2


12. Maine

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Natural environment ranking: 25

Social environment ranking: 8


11. Wyoming

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 11

Social environment ranking: 19


10. Colorado

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 8

Social environment ranking: 20


9. Iowa

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Thomson Reuters

Natural environment ranking: 18

Social environment ranking: 10


8. New Mexico

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Visit Rio Rancho – Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau/Facebook

Natural environment ranking: 17

Social environment ranking: 11


7. Arkansas

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Jonathannsegal/Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 5

Social environment ranking: 21


6. Mississippi

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University of Mississippi – Ole Miss/Facebook

Natural environment ranking: 9

Social environment ranking: 17


5. South Dakota

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The U.S. Army via Flickr

Natural environment ranking: 6

Social environment ranking: 14


4. New Hampshire

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Conway Scenic Railroad/Facebook

Natural environment ranking: 13

Social environment ranking: 7


3. Wisconsin

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Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Natural environment ranking: 20

Social environment ranking: 5


2. Minnesota

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Shutterstock

Natural environment ranking: 12

Social environment ranking: 4


1. North Dakota

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Natural environment ranking: 2

Social environment ranking: 3