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No. 7: Louisiana
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No. 7: Louisiana

Louisiana is a relatively cheap place to live, with a light tax burden and low cost of living. It's everything else that's pushed the Pelican State to the bottom of this year's list.

Crime is a problem in Louisiana, with relatively high property and violent crimes. It also posted poor health care quality scores and a low ranking on the Gallup-Healthways' wellness survey.

The weather can also be tough to endure, especially over the summer. Overall, Louisiana is the second-most humid state in the country, ranking just behind Mississippi. The average morning humidity is 90 percent in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In New Orleans, it's 86 percent.

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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