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.