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State Rankings 2005 Crowns New Hampshire as

the Most Livable State

Mississippi in last place for seven straight years

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LAWRENCE, KS. New Hampshire today was named the nation’s Most Livable State. The 15th annual award was announced in State Rankings 2005, a reference book of state statistics published by Morgan Quitno Press of Lawrence, Kansas. This marks the second year in a row that New Hampshire has earned the Most Livable State title. At the opposite end of the rankings scale, Mississippi ranked #50 for the seventh consecutive year.

“Last year, New Hampshire eked past seven-time winner Minnesota, earning the Most Livable State title by a fraction of a point,” said Scott Morgan, President of Morgan Quitno Press. “But this year, New Hampshire has widened its margin of victory and indisputably wins the award. The state performs well across the board, boasting low unemployment, low crime and a well educated population.”

For 15 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 2005 edition of State Rankings compares states in more than 550 categories.

“Our award is unique because it takes into account a broad range of economic, educational, health-oriented, public safety and environmental statistics,” said Morgan. “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, Wyoming and Virginia. Bringing up the opposite end of the rankings scale with Mississippi are Louisiana in 49th, Arkansas in 48th, Tennessee in 47th and West Virginia in 46th place.

The Most Livable State Award is one of six designations announced annually by Morgan Quitno Press in conjunction with the publication of its annual reference books.  These other annual awards name the nation’s Safest City and Metro Area (based on data from City Crime Rankings), the Healthiest State (based on data from Health Care State Rankings), the Safest and Most Dangerous States (based on data from Crime State Rankings), the Smartest State (based on data from Education State Rankings), and the Most Improved State (based on data from State Trends.)

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 at the Morgan Quitno Press website: or by calling 785-841-3534.


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