Iowa rated as best state to live in; Louisiana the worst

  • bro4bro

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    Mar 01, 2018 6:24 PM GMT
    US News and World Report just published their rankings of US states based on several criteria, including infrastructure, healthcare, opportunity, education and quality of life. According to them Iowa is the best state to live in, and Louisiana is the worst. Iowa scored number one in infrastructure - which I guess is easy when you don't have any actual cities. Louisiana was in the bottom ten in every category.

    I always laugh when these rankings are published, rating cities, states, or countries according to whatever criteria they somehow feel is important. The places that rank near the top are always places I wouldn't be caught dead in.

    According to their ranking, California has the lowest quality of life in the entire country - and yet, somehow I feel my quality of life here is higher than any other state I've lived in (Ohio, Arizona, Texas) or visited (pretty much all the rest). The state with the highest quality of life, by their standards? North Dakota. Yep. North Dakota. I guess weather doesn't count as part of their "quality of life".

    Somehow, I'm guessing the people who compiled the ranking won't be packing up and moving to Iowa or North Dakota.

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/03/01/Iowa-rated-as-best-state-to-live-in-Louisiana-the-worst/3481519917578/
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    Mar 01, 2018 6:57 PM GMT
    I think it’s all a ploy to keep people out of the good places. “Move to Iowa! Not California!”
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    Mar 01, 2018 7:20 PM GMT
    @bro4bro Because often times these studies are done keeping a heterosexual,traditional, middle class family in mind. As a gay person, you will see a discrepancy. As an individual you will find that they are nothing more than an odd group consensus which reflect nothing of one's own personal realities.
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 01, 2018 8:22 PM GMT
    Dude, whether you're gay or straight doesn't matter near as much as other things.

    In North Dakota, you shovel snow in winter and watch the weeds grow in summer.

    In California, you go to the beach. All year round.

    There's a reason why a lot more people - including heterosexual, traditional, middle-class families - move to California rather than North Dakota.
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    Mar 01, 2018 8:34 PM GMT
    NO COLD EVER AGAIN!!
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    Mar 01, 2018 9:12 PM GMT
    Way back when I'd just gotten out of the Navy I visited my aunt for xmas who lived in Iowa. I'm pretty sure the temperature was sub zero. What I do remember is that their furnace never turned off; it was so cold it needed to run 24 hours a day to keep the house warm, and unlike California, in places where it gets cold they insulate their houses much better than we do here in California.
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    Mar 01, 2018 10:07 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidDude, whether you're gay or straight doesn't matter near as much as other things.

    In North Dakota, you shovel snow in winter and watch the weeds grow in summer.


    But in N. Dakota and Iowa, that season between mud and summer is really great - even if it only lasts a few weeks.
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 02, 2018 1:44 AM GMT
    I just got a text from a buddy who I shared the news with, a native Californian who's now a professor at the U of Iowa, married, three kids, and a big house with a yard that he'd never be able to afford here.

    His response: "I'd still rather be in Manhattan Beach."

    Well, he is a surfer after all.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 03, 2018 2:04 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidUS News and World Report just published their rankings of US states based on several criteria, including infrastructure, healthcare, opportunity, education and quality of life. According to them Iowa is the best state to live in, and Louisiana is the worst. Iowa scored number one in infrastructure - which I guess is easy when you don't have any actual cities. Louisiana was in the bottom ten in every category.

    I always laugh when these rankings are published, rating cities, states, or countries according to whatever criteria they somehow feel is important. The places that rank near the top are always places I wouldn't be caught dead in.

    According to their ranking, California has the lowest quality of life in the entire country - and yet, somehow I feel my quality of life here is higher than any other state I've lived in (Ohio, Arizona, Texas) or visited (pretty much all the rest). The state with the highest quality of life, by their standards? North Dakota. Yep. North Dakota. I guess weather doesn't count as part of their "quality of life".

    Somehow, I'm guessing the people who compiled the ranking won't be packing up and moving to Iowa or North Dakota.

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/03/01/Iowa-rated-as-best-state-to-live-in-Louisiana-the-worst/3481519917578/
    Dude what are you talking about, Iowa is a very beautiful, scenic state with a wonderful four season climate, hilly landscapes, rich productive farmland and attractive well managed cities and towns. The natives are very friendly and the cost of living is very affordable. There is very little stress in Iowa. Both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids are good sized cities that are clean, relatively safe, economically robust and very affordable. Plus they dont have the ridiculous rush hours that big cities like Chicago and Houston have where it is a nerve wracking pain in the ass to get from home to work and back home. So dont be so down on Iowa.
  • metta

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    Mar 03, 2018 4:36 AM GMT
    Their rating system is the worst I have ever seen.....lol...they also put Mississippi as one of the top States for Quality of Life....lol

    They put California in last place. There are very few states that I'm willing to live in and California is one of them. I might consider Hawaii as well but would need to find an area that is less humid within it. I realize that California is expensive but I don't want to live in an area that frequently gets bad weather.



    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings/quality-of-life
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Mar 03, 2018 8:42 AM GMT
    Summers in the Midwest can be sweltering and very humid. But during the Fall the deciduous trees and their changing leaves everywhere are gorgeous. I loved the Fall when I lived in Chicago and even a little cold and a hint of snow for Christmas was fun up until the end of December. But when January and February rolled around it's horribly cold and it literally hurts me to the bone. No more of that for me!

    Here in the Pacific Northwest we have four seasons but the winters aren't so severe here. I sometimes wish it would warm up a little sooner rather than by late April. I'm getting sick of the temps in the 30's and 40's. But I'd be happy with night time temps in the 40's and days with some sun in the 50's.

    You couldn't pay me to live in SF and I don't think I'd be happy in the Bay Area either. LA is so trashy, just not my thing. But I really dig some of CA's rural areas. However, I think I'd miss the seasonal changes that we have up north.