No. 4: Utah
- Great weather
- Personal well-being
Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of activities to keep active in Utah. The state boasts national parks, lakes, mountains and canyons, and there are plenty of remedies for cabin fever during winter. In the colder months, snowfall is mostly confined to the mountains, which is great news for skiers.
Overall, the state ranks 6th best in the nation for weather. Not only does Utah see lots of sunshine, it also has remarkably low humidity, tying with New Mexico, Idaho and Colorado on that measure. Overall, Utah scored in the top 10 for pleasant weather.
Residents of Utah also report being happier than those in most states, particularly when it comes to financial well-being. Although taxes are a bit higher than in other states, the cost of living is below the national average. Even in its biggest metro area, Salt Lake City, the average apartment rent comes in at $894 a month, compared with the U.S. average of $945.
Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Gallup-Healthways; Council for Community and Economic Research; FBI; Tax Foundation; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.