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No. 6: Nebraska
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No. 6: Nebraska

The Cornhusker State received high marks for a number of categories. The Gallup-Healthways survey found that residents consistently felt that they had a good quality of life in the state. And one reason for those good feelings is that the dollar will go a lot further in Nebraska than most other states.

The Council for Community and Economic Research, which compiled the cost-of-living data for the Bankrate ranking, found that residents of Lincoln, Neb., will pay an average of $670 per month to rent an apartment. The national average is $893 per month. A trip to the beauty salon will cost $5.44 less than average. Milk will cost 30 cents less per gallon than the national average, and a trip to the dentist will cost $13.77 less.

Nebraska also received better-than-average scores for its low crime rate, good health care quality and high levels of sunshine.

Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Healthways; the Council for Community and Economic Research; the FBI; the Tax Foundation; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Source methodology: Bankrate collected the latest available statistics on cost of living, violent and property crime, health care quality, state and local taxes, wellness and weather (humidity, percent available sunshine and temperature). States were then given standardized scores, with more points going to a lower cost of living, lower crime rate, lower tax burden, stronger health care, better wellness grades and better weather. The scores were combined to create a composite score.

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