Where to move is a question that people seem to be faced with their entire life, and now, due to the fact that the entire world seems more accessible than ever, that decision is incredibly difficult to make. Deciding on a state to settle down in can be very tricky as everywhere you go, you will encounter cultural differences and different climates, various things to do, and varying costs of living.
Of course, the best places to live are going to change depending on who you are and what you are into. This list has merely been put together as it encompasses some of the most common choices amongst American citizens. So, with that in mind, what are the best states in America to settle down in?
This one may come as a surprise to some, but the state of New Jersey is one of the nation’s most robust when it comes to protecting against discrimination, which makes it a good home for a lot of different families. It has also excelled throughout the recent pandemic as it had one of the highest vaccination rates across the country. If safety is a big priority to you as well, then New Jersey is also a great option as it has one of the lowest crime rates in America.
Of course, as with every state, it comes with its cons as well as pros as it has quite poor air quality and does lack in public health spending. That being said, all in all, it is one of the best states to live in in the country.
A simple look at everything this state has to offer is proof enough that it is certainly somewhere you could consider settling down, especially if you enjoy keeping yourself busy. Consider the difference between Silicon Valley and the start-ups it houses compared to the vineyards that stretch for miles across Napa Valley and then imagine all things in between them, California will ensure you never run out of things to do.
Life in California can be as fast-paced or as slow as you want it to be, plus, thanks to excellent facilities such as Belmont Village Senior Living located in Los Gatos, it’s somewhere you would be able to stay even after you need to some help getting through the day. Yes, with such a range of activities and given it is such an age-friendly state, it’s no surprise that people choose to move here every year.
Interestingly, Vermont (otherwise known as the Green Mountain State) saw a huge increase in new residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as a lot of people found themselves seeking refuge from overly populated areas. Currently, it leads the nation in vaccinations, has some of the lowest crime rates in America, and spends a lot of money on the public and comprehensive protection surrounding discrimination.
Vermont is generally just incredibly peaceful with a strong community feel to it. Here, you will find a variety of pristine, natural areas and parks, plus organic food and environmentally and socially aware residents. Just know that this is not the ideal place if you prefer city living, as it is much more suited to those who prefer a small-town feel to their home.
The Aloha State has the cleanest air in America (tied with North Dakota), and it is also the leader in public health spending per capita. The state has low rates of disease and is generally a peaceful place to go. There will be lots of new phrases for you to pick up if you are to move here, but that’s a small price to pay for just how much fun you will have living off of the mainland.
This is another state famous for its clean air, according to some data that was recently compiled by the American Lung Association. It is the leader in carbon capture, whether this is from coal or natural gas-fired power plants.
Overall, this state comes packed with some of the most gorgeous scenery in America and also a lot of great job opportunities. It is also one of the least-populated cities, meaning if you move here, you will be able to enjoy a peaceful life and have all of the exciting benefits all to yourself.
Fun fact, Washington is one of America’s easiest States to vote in. This is because of the fact that recently, their election was conducted entirely by mail. It is also progressive in its voting rights as it recently restored the ability for residents with past convictions to vote. It is an incredibly inclusive state with a vast array of strong anti-discrimination provisions that have been added to the state legislature that was enacted in spring.
If you like nature, then you will find it to spare here, as it’s not called the Evergreen State for nothing. You’ll find a heap of different forests, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes, allowing for plenty of opportunities for outdoor living, exercise, and generally just been able to spend time in nature. Also, if you have kids, Washington has a fantastic educational system too.
Massachusetts is one of America’s healthiest states as it currently has the lowest rate of uninsured citizens and the best access to clinical care in the entire country. Obviously, hospital resources were stretched incredibly thin throughout various points during the pandemic, but the state still ranks 9th in public spending per person. Not to mention, it currently has one of the best vaccination rates in the entire country.
There are a lot of different states available to live in across the country, and the one you choose to move to will depend massively on what you are actually looking for in your home. The above list is very helpful when it comes to giving you an idea, but if you decide to move states, you will need to ensure that you are doing your research and visiting different places before committing to ensure you are heading to the right place.