Best & worst places to live and drink

Georgia lies in the middle

News reports recently ranked California as the worst state in which to live. The source: A U.S. News. Rank based on certain factors in the natural environment including drinking water quality, pollution and industrial toxins, and air quality. The social environment factors included measuring community engagement, social support, and voter participation.

In the overall rankings, North Dakota was ranked first and followed by Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and South Dakota. Florida ranked first in natural environment factors with North Dakota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Arkansas followed. As for quality of life, Alaska led the nation with Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin rounding out the top five.

Georgia ranked thirty-one overall. The population of the state is just over 10 million with 38% of the population college educated and a median income of $26,994.

Specific factor rankings for Georgia included:

  • Health care #42
  • Education #31
  • Economy #14
  • Opportunity #33
  • Infrastructure #17
  • Fiscal stability #13
  • Quality of life #32

The full study is available at:

In another study released in 2015, the CDC investigated the rate of excessive drinking in adults. Other areas investigated included alcohol-related driving deaths, adults in fair or poor health, and the drunkest metro area.

North Dakota was rated first among drinkers with 24.9% of the adults drinking excessively. It was followed by Wisconsin (24.5%), Alaska (22.1%), Montana (21.8%), Illinois (21.2%), and Minnesota (21.1).

Georgia was ranked #33 with 16.8% of adults drinking excessively with the highest rate in Athens-Clark County. Read the full article at:

As a point of comparison, the top five states in which to live are North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and South Dakota. The top states with the highest rates of adults drinking excessively are North Dakota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Montana, Illinois, and Minnesota. While there is apparently some overlap between the top five states in which to live and drinking excessively, but alcohol consumption was not investigated in the best places to live study. Although there is a relationship between highly rated places to live and high alcohol consumption, causation is the subject of investigation for another day.

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