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Best and Worst States for Young Adults: Full 50-state list

by MoneyRates Team
Money Rates Columnist
September 29, 2014

While the top 10 and bottom 10 states get most of the attention, MoneyRates.com has ranked all 50 states -- plus the District of Columbia -- in terms of their suitability for young people in 2014.

As noted in the features for Best States for Young Adults and Worst States for Young Adults, these rankings are based on the following criteria:

  • Youth employment
  • The youthfulness of the state’s population
  • Affordability of in-state college tuition
  • Rental availability
  • Rental costs
  • High-speed broadband access
  • Bar and nightclubs per capita
  • Fitness clubs per capita

Here are the states according to their ranking, starting with the best.

1. North Dakota
2. Iowa
3. Nebraska
4. South Dakota
5. Wyoming
6. Montana
7. Oklahoma
8. Kansas
9. Louisiana
10. District of Columbia
11. Texas
12. Indiana
13. Alaska
14. Georgia
15. Utah
16. Idaho
17. Rhode Island
18. Florida
19. Mississippi
20. Hawaii
21. Colorado
22. Minnesota
23. Missouri
24. Nevada
25. Massachusetts
26. West Virginia
27. Wisconsin
28. Maryland
29. Alabama
30. New York
31. Arkansas
32. Connecticut
33. South Carolina
34. New Mexico
35. Delaware
36. Michigan
37. Pennsylvania
38. Ohio
39. Illinois
40. Tennessee
41. North Carolina
42. Oregon
43. Vermont
44. California
45. New Jersey
46. Kentucky
47. Maine
48. Virginia
49. Arizona
50. Washington
51. New Hampshire
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