How do you like them apples? According to a new study by WalletHub, Massachusetts is the best state to live in out of all 50 states.

Don’t believe it? Here are the facts that put the Bay State at the top spot for 2023.

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WalletHub’s Finding for Best States to Live In

To find out the best state to live in, WalletHub compared each state based on 51 key indicators of liveability, ranging from housing costs and income growth to the education rate and quality of hospitals.

Affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life and safety were the key dimensions to compare the 50 states.

“We evaluated those dimensions using 51 relevant metrics,” WalletHub said. “Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale. ... Finally, we determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the states.”

Massachusetts Comes in at #1 for Best State to Live

With an overall score of 61.67, Massachusetts snagged the No. 1 spot in the country for the best place to live. According to the study, Massachusetts has the highest percentage of insured residents, the best education and health system, and comes in an impressive sixth place for quality of life and safety.

Neighboring Rhode Island managed to score 51.18, putting it at 29 out of 50.

Each state has its own pros and cons. Deciding what is “best” can become a subjective conversation, but when you take into account pivotal areas of interest, such as safety or education, Massachusetts stands out among the rest.

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