WalletHub divided 40 variables into five dimensions: 1) Family Fun (6 variables), 2) Health & Safety (8 variables), 3) Education & Child Care (6 variables), 4) Affordability (9 variables) and 5) Socioeconomics (11 variables). It then weighted those metrics and put them on a 100-point scale.
The variables are listed in the methodology , but included things such as weather, job security, house affordability, mortgage debt, share of people living below the poverty line, child care costs, violent crime, among others.
Happiness economist Arthur Brooks is frequently quoted on TPOH, and notably in a recent video in which he argued that geographic immobility has been one of the greatest barriers to growth in recent decades. So this ranking begs the question: Would you move your family to another state if it would raise your quality of life?