US States with the Highest Quality of Life – Part Two
If the thought of living in the US appeals, but you aren’t sure which State would suit you best, check out our list of the 10 with the highest quality of life. In Part One we looked at New Hampshire, Hawaii, Vermont, Maine and Minnesota.
This ranking was compiled by Immigration America, but if you think another State deserves to be on the list let us know via Facebook or Twitter!
Climate: As the climate of North Dakota is primarily continental it enjoys hot summers and cold winters. However, because of the state’s position in the upper Midwest of the US, North Dakota does experience a wide range of weather conditions. Average summer temperatures can hit 29 °C while average winter temperatures can drop to as low as -20 °C.
Infrastructure: Back in the mid 2000’s North Dakota was caught up in an oil boom which bolstered the state’s economy, providing employment opportunities and resulting in an enviable trade surplus. However, the boom has had adverse effects, such as straining the nation’s infrastructure and causing major landscape changes. That being said, over the last 18 months more emphasis has been put on meeting community infrastructure requirements and planning for life after the oil-boom.
Main Draw: As North Dakota has one if the lowest unemployment rates in the US the career options available to expats are more numerous and varied then in many other states. North Dakota is also known as the Peace Garden state, and is known for its environmental quality.
Climate: Due to its interior continental climate South Dakota is known for its very cold winters, hot summers, periodic droughts and high winds. In winter the average temperature is around -11°C while in summer the temperature typically hits around 23°C.
Infrastructure: Although more than 61% South Dakota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition the Economic Development Partnership Programme is working on new projects designed to support local governments and non-profit development corporations. Improvements to South Dakota’s housing, infrastructure and education provision are currently top priorities.
Main Draw: For tourists South Dakota’s biggest draw is likely to be the iconic attraction of Mount Rushmore. But if you’re looking to move to the state permanently it will probably interest you more to learn that South Dakota has one of the lowest crime rates in the US, the perfect landscape to support a variety of recreational activities and strong business opportunities.
Climate: Although Colorado tends to have dry winters, they can also get very cold and there are occasional wind-blown snow falls. In spring the weather can be extremely changeable, fluctuating from blizzards to heavy rain to surprisingly warm days. Because of low humidity levels summers tend to have hot days but fairly mild nights. Thunderstorms are a common occurrence, as are hailstorms. Temperatures in Colorado tend to vary from lows of -10°C to highs of 31°C.
Infrastructure: In a recent grading of the infrastructure of US states Colorado received a C+, well above the national average. Although its roads are in need of improvement, its aviation and water facilities score highly, and the state also scores highly in terms of environmental factors like air quality.
Main Draw: Stunning mountain ranges, broad plains and a strong emphasis on an outdoors lifestyle make Colorado a hugely popular destination among tourists and sport enthusiasts, particularly skiers). Although the 8th largest state in the US, Colorado has a population density of just 41 people per square mile (to view this in context, New York City has a population density of approximately 27,550 people per square mile).
Climate: Because of its elevation Wyoming has a comparatively cool climate, although that does vary across the state. Summer nights are typically cool but in winter temperatures can fluctuate greatly between mild and cold. January is usually the coldest month of the year and in winter temperatures can fall to -10°C compared to summer highs of 28°C.
Infrastructure: As Wyoming invested 29 million Dollars in a state wide high-speed telecommunications network, connecting all of Wyoming’s public schools, its infrastructure is considered to be relatively good. The state also has strong transport links with Salt Lake City, Denver and Colorado.
Main Draw: A low population density, low crime rate and ample opportunities for spotting a whole range of wildlife (from eagles and mountain lions to wild horses) make Wyoming a popular spot for expat families looking to breathe clean air and get back to nature.
Climate: In general the climate of Utah is considered to be arid to semiarid, with mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures vary from highs of 32°C to lows of -2°C.
Infrastructure: In order to address transport problems in Utah, the mammoth 1-15 Corridor Reconstruction Project was introduced. The aim of the project is to expand highway capacity, repair bridges and redesign interchanges. The project has achieved 5-star status and is expected to be completed well ahead of schedule.
Main Draw: With its industrious populace and well established industries, Utah has acquired the nickname of the Beehive State. In terms of liveability, Utah scores highly across the board. As well as offering its residents a fulfilling work environment and consistently improving standard of living, Utah has developed a reputation for being particularly welcoming to newcomers.
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