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No. 10: Kentucky
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No. 10: Kentucky

Kentucky's low cost of living is easy on the budget, and it's of course a basketball lover's dream.

The biggest problem for Kentucky residents is the state's health care system and low wellness scores.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, gave Kentucky's health care system its fifth-lowest score in the nation as part of its most recent quality report. The agency, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has found numerous issues with Kentucky's health care. It noted, for example, especially high rates of adults who didn't receive timely care even though they needed it "right away" for an illness or injury.

Gallup-Healthways, which tracks emotional and physical well-being as part of an extensive national survey, gave Kentucky its second-lowest score behind West Virginia.

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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