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America’s best states to live in, ranked

America’s best states to live in, ranked
50. Mississippi • 10-yr. population change: +2.2 percent (7th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.1 percent (4th highest) • Poverty rate: 19.8 percent (the highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 74.9 years (the shortest) 

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50. Mississippi • 10-yr. population change: +2.2 percent (7th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.1 percent (4th highest) • Poverty rate: 19.8 percent (the highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 74.9 years (the shortest) 

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49. West Virginia • 10-yr. population change: +0.2 percent (2nd smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.2 percent (3rd highest) • Poverty rate: 19.1 percent (4th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.0 years (4th shortest)    

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49. West Virginia • 10-yr. population change: +0.2 percent (2nd smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.2 percent (3rd highest) • Poverty rate: 19.1 percent (4th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.0 years (4th shortest)    

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48. Louisiana • 10-yr. population change: +9.1 percent (20th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.1 percent (4th highest) • Poverty rate: 19.7 percent (2nd highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 75.8 years (3rd shortest)  

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48. Louisiana • 10-yr. population change: +9.1 percent (20th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.1 percent (4th highest) • Poverty rate: 19.7 percent (2nd highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 75.8 years (3rd shortest)  

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47. Alabama • 10-yr. population change: +5.3 percent (18th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.4 percent (22nd highest) • Poverty rate: 16.9 percent (6th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 75.7 years (2nd shortest)     

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47. Alabama • 10-yr. population change: +5.3 percent (18th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.4 percent (22nd highest) • Poverty rate: 16.9 percent (6th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 75.7 years (2nd shortest)     

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46. Kentucky • 10-yr. population change: +5.0 percent (15th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.9 percent (9th highest) • Poverty rate: 17.2 percent (5th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.3 years (7th shortest) 

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46. Kentucky • 10-yr. population change: +5.0 percent (15th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.9 percent (9th highest) • Poverty rate: 17.2 percent (5th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.3 years (7th shortest) 

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45. Arkansas • 10-yr. population change: +6.0 percent (19th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.7 percent (18th lowest) • Poverty rate: 16.4 percent (7th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.2 years (6th shortest)   

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45. Arkansas • 10-yr. population change: +6.0 percent (19th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.7 percent (18th lowest) • Poverty rate: 16.4 percent (7th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.2 years (6th shortest)   

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44. Oklahoma • 10-yr. population change: +8.7 percent (22nd largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.3 percent (23rd highest) • Poverty rate: 15.8 percent (8th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.1 years (5th shortest)   

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44. Oklahoma • 10-yr. population change: +8.7 percent (22nd largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.3 percent (23rd highest) • Poverty rate: 15.8 percent (8th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.1 years (5th shortest)   

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43. New Mexico • 10-yr. population change: +6.0 percent (20th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 6.2 percent (2nd highest) • Poverty rate: 19.7 percent (2nd highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.4 years (17th shortest) 

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43. New Mexico • 10-yr. population change: +6.0 percent (20th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 6.2 percent (2nd highest) • Poverty rate: 19.7 percent (2nd highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.4 years (17th shortest) 

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42. Tennessee • 10-yr. population change: +9.1 percent (21st largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.7 percent (18th lowest) • Poverty rate: 15.0 percent (10th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.3 years (8th shortest)    

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42. Tennessee • 10-yr. population change: +9.1 percent (21st largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.7 percent (18th lowest) • Poverty rate: 15.0 percent (10th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.3 years (8th shortest)    

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41. South Carolina • 10-yr. population change: +14.0 percent (9th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.3 percent (23rd highest) • Poverty rate: 15.4 percent (9th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.9 years (9th shortest)   

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41. South Carolina • 10-yr. population change: +14.0 percent (9th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.3 percent (23rd highest) • Poverty rate: 15.4 percent (9th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 76.9 years (9th shortest)   

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40. Indiana • 10-yr. population change: +5.1 percent (16th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.5 percent (14th lowest) • Poverty rate: 13.5 percent (20th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.7 years (11th shortest)   

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40. Indiana • 10-yr. population change: +5.1 percent (16th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.5 percent (14th lowest) • Poverty rate: 13.5 percent (20th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.7 years (11th shortest)   

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39. Georgia • 10-yr. population change: +9.3 percent (18th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.7 percent (14th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.9 percent (11th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.4 years (10th shortest)     

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39. Georgia • 10-yr. population change: +9.3 percent (18th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.7 percent (14th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.9 percent (11th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.4 years (10th shortest)     

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38. Nevada • 10-yr. population change: +16.9 percent (4th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.0 percent (6th highest) • Poverty rate: 13.0 percent (24th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.1 years (15th shortest)    

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38. Nevada • 10-yr. population change: +16.9 percent (4th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.0 percent (6th highest) • Poverty rate: 13.0 percent (24th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.1 years (15th shortest)    

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37. Ohio • 10-yr. population change: +1.7 percent (5th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.0 percent (6th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.0 percent (17th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.9 years (14th shortest)  

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37. Ohio • 10-yr. population change: +1.7 percent (5th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 5.0 percent (6th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.0 percent (17th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.9 years (14th shortest)  

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36. Missouri • 10-yr. population change: +4.0% (13th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.8% (20th lowest) • Poverty rate: 13.4% (21st highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.7 years (12th shortest)  

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36. Missouri • 10-yr. population change: +4.0% (13th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.8% (20th lowest) • Poverty rate: 13.4% (21st highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.7 years (12th shortest)  

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35. North Carolina • 10-yr. population change: +13.4 percent (10th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.6 percent (17th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.7 percent (13th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.9 years (13th shortest)     

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35. North Carolina • 10-yr. population change: +13.4 percent (10th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.6 percent (17th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.7 percent (13th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 77.9 years (13th shortest)     

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34. Michigan • 10-yr. population change: -1.1 percent (the largest decline) • Annual unemployment: 4.6 percent (17th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.2 percent (15th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.3 years (16th shortest)  

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34. Michigan • 10-yr. population change: -1.1 percent (the largest decline) • Annual unemployment: 4.6 percent (17th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.2 percent (15th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.3 years (16th shortest)  

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33. Texas • 10-yr. population change: +18.4 percent (the largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.3 percent (23rd highest) • Poverty rate: 14.7 percent (13th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.5 years (19th shortest)  

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33. Texas • 10-yr. population change: +18.4 percent (the largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.3 percent (23rd highest) • Poverty rate: 14.7 percent (13th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.5 years (19th shortest)  

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32. Arizona • 10-yr. population change: +10.7 percent (14th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.9 percent (9th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.9 percent (11th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 years (17th longest)   

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32. Arizona • 10-yr. population change: +10.7 percent (14th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.9 percent (9th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.9 percent (11th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 years (17th longest)   

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31. Idaho • 10-yr. population change: +14.5 percent (7th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.2 percent (9th lowest) • Poverty rate: 12.8 percent (25th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.5 years (20th longest)   

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31. Idaho • 10-yr. population change: +14.5 percent (7th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.2 percent (9th lowest) • Poverty rate: 12.8 percent (25th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.5 years (20th longest)   

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30. Delaware • 10-yr. population change: +11.2 percent (11th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.6 percent (17th highest) • Poverty rate: 13.6 percent (19th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 years (21st shortest)    

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30. Delaware • 10-yr. population change: +11.2 percent (11th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.6 percent (17th highest) • Poverty rate: 13.6 percent (19th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 years (21st shortest)    

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29. Wyoming • 10-yr. population change: +10.8 percent (13th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.2 percent (25th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.3 percent (19th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.6 years (20th shortest)  

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29. Wyoming • 10-yr. population change: +10.8 percent (13th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.2 percent (25th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.3 percent (19th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.6 years (20th shortest)  

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28. Florida • 10-yr. population change: +15.0  percent (6th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.2  percent (25th lowest) • Poverty rate: 14.0 percent (17th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.5 years (21st longest)  

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28. Florida • 10-yr. population change: +15.0  percent (6th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.2  percent (25th lowest) • Poverty rate: 14.0 percent (17th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.5 years (21st longest)  

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27. South Dakota • 10-yr. population change: +9.2 percent (19th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.3 percent (12th lowest) • Poverty rate: 13.0 percent (24th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 years (19th longest)     

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27. South Dakota • 10-yr. population change: +9.2 percent (19th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.3 percent (12th lowest) • Poverty rate: 13.0 percent (24th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 years (19th longest)     

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26. Alaska • 10-yr. population change: +8.2 percent (23rd largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 7.2 percent (the highest) • Poverty rate: 11.1 percent (16th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.4 years (18th shortest)  

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26. Alaska • 10-yr. population change: +8.2 percent (23rd largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 7.2 percent (the highest) • Poverty rate: 11.1 percent (16th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.4 years (18th shortest)  

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25. Pennsylvania • 10-yr. population change: +3.0 percent (10th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.9 percent (9th highest) • Poverty rate: 12.5 percent (23rd lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.8 years (23rd shortest)   

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25. Pennsylvania • 10-yr. population change: +3.0 percent (10th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.9 percent (9th highest) • Poverty rate: 12.5 percent (23rd lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.8 years (23rd shortest)   

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24. Montana • 10-yr. population change: +9.7 percent (17th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.0 percent (21st lowest) • Poverty rate: 12.5 percent (23rd lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.9 years (24th shortest)  

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24. Montana • 10-yr. population change: +9.7 percent (17th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.0 percent (21st lowest) • Poverty rate: 12.5 percent (23rd lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.9 years (24th shortest)  

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23. Kansas • 10-yr. population change: +4.9 percent (14th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.6 percent (15th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.9 percent (21st lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 years (22nd shortest)     

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23. Kansas • 10-yr. population change: +4.9 percent (14th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.6 percent (15th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.9 percent (21st lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 years (22nd shortest)     

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22. Oregon • 10-yr. population change: +10.5 percent (15th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.1 percent (23rd lowest) • Poverty rate: 13.2 percent (23rd highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.4 years (22nd longest)    

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22. Oregon • 10-yr. population change: +10.5 percent (15th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.1 percent (23rd lowest) • Poverty rate: 13.2 percent (23rd highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.4 years (22nd longest)    

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21. Illinois • 10-yr. population change: -0.4 percent (2nd largest decline) • Annual unemployment: 5.0 percent (6th highest) • Poverty rate: 12.6 percent (24th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.0 years (25th shortest) 

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21. Illinois • 10-yr. population change: -0.4 percent (2nd largest decline) • Annual unemployment: 5.0 percent (6th highest) • Poverty rate: 12.6 percent (24th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.0 years (25th shortest) 

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20. Iowa • 10-yr. population change: +5.3 percent (17th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.1 percent (7th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.7 percent (12th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.7 years (16th longest)   

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20. Iowa • 10-yr. population change: +5.3 percent (17th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.1 percent (7th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.7 percent (12th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.7 years (16th longest)   

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19. Wisconsin • 10-yr. population change: +3.5 percent (11th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.3 percent (12th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.3 percent (19th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 years (14th longest)   

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19. Wisconsin • 10-yr. population change: +3.5 percent (11th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.3 percent (12th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.3 percent (19th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 years (14th longest)   

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18. Maine • 10-yr. population change: +1.4 percent (4th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.3 percent (12th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.1 percent (16th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.3 years (23rd longest)    

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18. Maine • 10-yr. population change: +1.4 percent (4th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.3 percent (12th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.1 percent (16th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.3 years (23rd longest)    

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17. Nebraska • 10-yr. population change: +8.2 percent (24th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.9 percent (5th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.8 percent (13th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 years (17th longest)   

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17. Nebraska • 10-yr. population change: +8.2 percent (24th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.9 percent (5th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.8 percent (13th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 years (17th longest)   

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16. New York • 10-yr. population change: +2.9 percent (9th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.7 percent (14th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.1 percent (16th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.4 years (6th longest)   

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16. New York • 10-yr. population change: +2.9 percent (9th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.7 percent (14th highest) • Poverty rate: 14.1 percent (16th highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.4 years (6th longest)   

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15. Rhode Island • 10-yr. population change: +0.2 percent (the smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.5 percent (21st highest) • Poverty rate: 11.6 percent (20th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 years (15th longest)     

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15. Rhode Island • 10-yr. population change: +0.2 percent (the smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.5 percent (21st highest) • Poverty rate: 11.6 percent (20th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 years (15th longest)     

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14. North Dakota • 10-yr. population change: +18.1 percent (2nd largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.6 percent (2nd lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.3 percent (9th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 years (12th longest)   

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14. North Dakota • 10-yr. population change: +18.1 percent (2nd largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.6 percent (2nd lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.3 percent (9th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 years (12th longest)   

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13. California • 10-yr. population change: +8.2 percent (24th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.8 percent (12th highest) • Poverty rate: 13.3 percent (22nd highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.8 years (3rd longest)   

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13. California • 10-yr. population change: +8.2 percent (24th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.8 percent (12th highest) • Poverty rate: 13.3 percent (22nd highest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.8 years (3rd longest)   

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12. Washington • 10-yr. population change: +14.5 percent (8th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.8 percent (12th highest) • Poverty rate: 11.0 percent (14th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 years (11th longest)  

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12. Washington • 10-yr. population change: +14.5 percent (8th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.8 percent (12th highest) • Poverty rate: 11.0 percent (14th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 years (11th longest)  

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11. Virginia • 10-yr. population change: +9.8 percent (16th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.8 percent (20th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.6 percent (11th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.2 years (24th longest)    

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11. Virginia • 10-yr. population change: +9.8 percent (16th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.8 percent (20th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.6 percent (11th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.2 years (24th longest)    

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10. Utah • 10-yr. population change: +17.3 percent (3rd largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.2 percent (9th lowest) • Poverty rate: 9.7 percent (6th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.9 years (13th longest)   

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10. Utah • 10-yr. population change: +17.3 percent (3rd largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.2 percent (9th lowest) • Poverty rate: 9.7 percent (6th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.9 years (13th longest)   

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9. Vermont • 10-yr. population change: +0.4 percent (3rd smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.0 percent (6th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.3 percent (19th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 years (7th longest)   

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9. Vermont • 10-yr. population change: +0.4 percent (3rd smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.0 percent (6th lowest) • Poverty rate: 11.3 percent (19th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 years (7th longest)   

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8. Maryland • 10-yr. population change: +7.7 percent (23rd smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.1 percent (23rd lowest) • Poverty rate: 9.3 percent (2nd lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.2 years (25th longest)   

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8. Maryland • 10-yr. population change: +7.7 percent (23rd smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.1 percent (23rd lowest) • Poverty rate: 9.3 percent (2nd lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 79.2 years (25th longest)   

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7. Hawaii • 10-yr. population change: +11.2 percent (12th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.4 percent (the lowest) • Poverty rate: 9.5 percent (4th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 81.2 years (the longest)     

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7. Hawaii • 10-yr. population change: +11.2 percent (12th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.4 percent (the lowest) • Poverty rate: 9.5 percent (4th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 81.2 years (the longest)     

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6. New Jersey • 10-yr. population change: +3.7 percent (12th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.6 percent (17th highest) • Poverty rate: 10.0 percent (7th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 years (10th longest)  

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6. New Jersey • 10-yr. population change: +3.7 percent (12th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.6 percent (17th highest) • Poverty rate: 10.0 percent (7th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 years (10th longest)  

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5. Minnesota  • 10-yr. population change: +7.3 percent (22nd smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.5 percent (14th lowest) • Poverty rate: 9.5 percent (4th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.9 years (2nd longest)    

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5. Minnesota  • 10-yr. population change: +7.3 percent (22nd smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.5 percent (14th lowest) • Poverty rate: 9.5 percent (4th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.9 years (2nd longest)    

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4. Colorado • 10-yr. population change: +15.3 percent (5th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.8 percent (4th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.3 percent (9th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 years (8th longest)    

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4. Colorado • 10-yr. population change: +15.3 percent (5th largest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.8 percent (4th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.3 percent (9th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 years (8th longest)    

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3. Connecticut • 10-yr. population change: +2.5 percent (8th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.7 percent (14th highest) • Poverty rate: 9.6 percent (5th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.6 years (4th longest)   

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3. Connecticut • 10-yr. population change: +2.5 percent (8th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 4.7 percent (14th highest) • Poverty rate: 9.6 percent (5th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.6 years (4th longest)   

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2. New Hampshire • 10-yr. population change: +2.0 percent (6th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.7 percent (3rd lowest) • Poverty rate: 7.7 percent (the lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 years (9th longest)  

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2. New Hampshire • 10-yr. population change: +2.0 percent (6th smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 2.7 percent (3rd lowest) • Poverty rate: 7.7 percent (the lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 years (9th longest)  

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1. Massachusetts • 10-yr. population change: +6.4 percent (21st smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.7 percent (18th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.5 percent (10th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.4 years (5th longest)  

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1. Massachusetts • 10-yr. population change: +6.4 percent (21st smallest increase) • Annual unemployment: 3.7 percent (18th lowest) • Poverty rate: 10.5 percent (10th lowest) • Life expectancy at birth: 80.4 years (5th longest)  

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