There is nothing golden about life in California, according to a new study that ranks the Golden State dead last in the nation for “quality of life.”
The dubious honor was bestowed on the West Coast state in a study conducted by U.S. News which ranked California in last place of U.S. states in quality of life, falling behind New Jersey in 49th place and Indiana which came in ahead in 48th place.
“In addition to a healthy environment, a person’s quality of life is largely a result of their interactions with those around them. Studies show that when people feel socially supported, they experience greater happiness, as well as physical and mental health,” the study stated.
By this standard, it seems California does not play well with others.
The “quality of life” category included sub-categories of environmental quality as well as social engagement which measured voting participation and community bonds.
North Dakota came in first place for quality of life, followed by Minnesota and then Wisconsin.
According to Fox News:
One way to measure quality life is whether residents can even afford to have a roof over their heads, and by that standard, California is failing.
A 2017 Harvard University report said that one-third of renters in the Los Angeles area are “severely rent burdened,” meaning they spend at least half their income on housing. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles County has increased 67%, according to Zillow’s Rent Index, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Homelessness has surged a stunning 75 percent in the last six years, the Los Angeles Times reports, and there are now at least 55,000 homeless people in the county.
While the state does enjoy a balanced budget, it ranked No. 43 in fiscal stability, No. 46 in opportunity, and No. 38 in infrastructure.
Meanwhile, California’s rampant homeless problem has come into the spotlight amid fear of losing a congressional seat, and the decision to become a Sanctuary State spurred a growing movement in rural parts of California to secede from the rest of the state.
Remarkalby, It wasn’t all gloomy for California, however, as the study showed the state in 11th place for health care, 4th in economy and 28th in crime and corrections – a category which ranked Alaska in last place.
In the best U.S. states overall, California did not make the top 10 or even 20, coming in at 32 behind New York in 25th place and Florida in 15th. Iowa walked away with the number one spot for overall “best state” in the rankings.
Many leaving the sanctuary state in large numbers for the first time in years appear to agree that they can better pursue a quality life in one of the nation’s other 50 states.
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