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No. 8: Oklahoma
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No. 8: Oklahoma

Oklahoma sank into Bankrate's bottom 10, thanks to low scores in three main areas.

Gallup-Healthways gave the Sooner State its ninth-lowest score in the country. It's not surprising that the index, which asks residents about their emotional and physical health as well as how safe they feel, placed Oklahoma so low.

Oklahoma's crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, with 3,870 violent and property crimes per 100,000 people. It also has one of the worst health care systems in the country, according to a government analysis.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality gave Oklahoma the fourth-lowest score in the nation in terms of health care quality. The agency noted, for example, that the state has a poor record of delivering mammograms to women between 50 and 74. Patients at Oklahoma hospitals also gave their doctors and health clinics below-average satisfaction scores.

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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