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SLIDESHOW: Study ranks Alabama dead last in quality of life

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Recently CNBC published a list that ranked Alabama as the No. 1 worst state in terms of quality of life.

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Using metrics including crime rate, attractions, air quality, health care and legal protections, the entire region fared poorly, with most of our neighboring states earning a place in the bottom 10.

Of the bottom 10 states, New Mexico had the largest fall from the 2016 rankings. Alabama fell from No. 43 to No. 50. 

1. Alabama 

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 83 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Inclusiveness, health, crime
  • Strength: Air quality
  • Rank in 2016: No. 43

2. Louisiana 

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 87 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Health, crime
  • Strength: Attractions
  • Rank in 2016: No. 47

3. Oklahoma 

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 91 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Health, attractions
  • Strength: Air quality
  • Rank in 2016: No. 48

4. Arkansas 

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 94 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Health, crime rate
  • Strength: Air quality
  • Rank in 2016: No. 50

5. Missouri 

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 99 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Crime rate, health, inclusiveness
  • Strength: Attractions
  • Rank in 2016: No. 49

6. Indiana 

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 102 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Inclusiveness, health
  • Strengths: Air quality
  • Rank in 2016: No. 45

7. Mississippi 

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 105 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Inclusiveness, health
  • Strengths: Low crime rate, air quality
  • Rank in 2016: No. 44

9. Tennessee (Tie)

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 107 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Crime rate, health
  • Strengths: Air quality, attractions
  • Rank in 2016: No. 46

9. New Mexico (Tie)

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 107 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Crime rate, air quality, health
  • Strength: Attractions
  • Rank in 2016: No. 36

10. Kentucky  

  • 2017 Quality of Life score: 119 out of 300 points
  • Weaknesses: Health, inclusiveness
  • Strength: Low crime rate
  • Rank in 2016: No. 42

Click here for more on each individual state and the metrics used to establish these rankings. 

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