New Jersey has just been named the 5th most liveable state. Take that California - 36th, New York - 33rd, Pennsylvania - 22nd.
Which State Is The Most Livable?

LAWRENCE, KS. In a surprising upset, New Hampshire today was named the nation’s Most Livable State. The award was announced in the State Rankings 2004, an annual reference book of state statistics published by Morgan Quitno Press of Lawrence, Kansas. New Hampshire’s achievement breaks Minnesota’s seven-year-long streak of winning this annual honor. Unfortunately there was no surprise at the opposite end of the rankings scale: Mississippi, ranks #50 for the sixth consecutive year.

“New Hampshire slipped past Minnesota by the smallest of margins to earn this prestigious honor,” said Scott Morgan, President of Morgan Quitno Press. “The competition was fierce. Both states did well in nearly every category considered for the award.”

For fourteen years, Morgan Quitno Press has issued its Livable State Award. Based on 44 factors selected from updated editions of its annual reference book, State Rankings, the Most Livable State Award recognizes a state for its high quality of life. The just-released 2004 edition of State Rankings compares states in more than 550 categories.

“Our award is unique because it does not focus on any one category of data,” said Morgan. “It takes into account a broad range of economic, educational, health-oriented, public safety and environmental statistics. The Most Livable State Award tells an interesting story about life and government in the 50 United States.”

Rounding out the top five spots with New Hampshire are (in descending order) Minnesota, Vermont, Iowa and New Jersey. Bringing up the opposite end of the rankings scale with Mississippi are Louisiana in 49th, South Carolina in 48th, Alabama in 47th and Tennessee in 46th place.

The Most Livable State Award is one of five designations announced annually by Morgan Quitno Press in conjunction with the publication of its annual reference books. These other annual announcements name the nation’s Safest City and Metro Area, the Healthiest State, the Most Dangerous State and the Smartest State.

A listing of the Most Livable State Award’s 44 factors, rankings of all 50 states for each factor and an explanation of the methodology are available from Morgan Quitno Press via the Internet at www.statestats.com or by calling 785-841-3534.

1 New Hampshire

2 Minnesota

3 Vermont

4 Iowa

5 New Jersey

6 Wyoming

7 Virginia

8 Nebraska

9 Connecticut

10 South Dakota

11 Kansas

12 Maine

13 Wisconsin

14 Maryland

15 North Dakota

16 Massachusetts

17 Idaho

18 Delaware

19 Utah

20 Indiana

20 Missouri

22 Pennsylvania

23 Colorado

24 Rhode Island

25 Washington

26 Illinois

27 Montana

27 Oregon

29 Ohio

30 Nevada

31 Alaska

32 Hawaii

33 New York

34 Michigan

35 Georgia

36 California

37 Florida

38 Arizona

39 Texas

40 Oklahoma

41 New Mexico

42 Kentucky

43 West Virginia

44 Arkansas

45 North Carolina

46 Tennessee

47 Alabama

48 South Carolina

49 Louisiana

50 Mississippi
New Jersey is also the 5th smartest state.

Which State Is Smartest?

LAWRENCE, KS. Massachusetts, home to many great universities, now is recognized for its excellence in elementary and secondary education. The Bay State is winner of the 2003 Smartest State Award, an honor announced annually in Education State Rankings, a reference book from Morgan Quitno Press, a Lawrence, Kansas-based independent research and publishing company. At the opposite end of the scale, New Mexico comes in as the lowest ranking state for the second straight year.

The Smartest State Award is based on 21 factors from Education State Rankings, an annual reference book that compares the 50 United States in more than 400 elementary and secondary education categories. The revised, second edition of Education State Rankings will be published next week. Factors considered include per pupil expenditures, public high school graduation rates, average class size, the percent of staff who are school district administrators, student reading, writing and math proficiency, pupil-teacher ratios and teacher salaries as a percent of average annual pay.

"The Smartest State Award measures the quality of state elementary and secondary education,” said Scott Morgan, President of Morgan Quitno Press. “The award recognizes those states with a strong commitment to its students and teachers, an emphasis on excellence in the classroom and support of safe, efficiently-run public schools.”

“Massachusetts has a winning combination,” said Morgan. “Its students are some of the nation’s most proficient in reading, writing and math. In addition, schools in Massachusetts spend a high percentage of funds for classrooms and teachers, and have a low percentage of staff who are school district administrators.”

Rounding out the top five states with Massachusetts were Vermont, last year’s winner Connecticut, Montana, and New Jersey. Bringing up the lower end of the rankings scale were New Mexico in last place, Nevada in 49th, Mississippi in 48th, Louisiana in 47th and Alabama in 46th.

The Smartest State Award is one of five designations announced annually by Morgan Quitno Press. The company's other annual announcements designate the nation’s Safest and Most Dangerous City and Metro Area, the Most Livable State, the Healthiest State and the Safest and Most Dangerous States. Each award or designation is based on data from annual Morgan Quitno reference publications.

Additional information about the second annual Smartest State Award, including rankings for all 50 states, a list of factors used to determine the results and an explanation of methodology, is available directly from Morgan Quitno Press at www.statestats.com or by calling (785) 841-3534.

Morgan Quitno Press is an independent private research and publishing company located in Lawrence, Kansas. Founded in 1989, the company specializes in reference books and monthly reports that compare states and cities in several different subject areas. The corporation is not a subsidiary of any other company nor is it subsidized by any outside interest group. Its books are found in reference libraries throughout the United States and around the world.