CNBC: Missouri Is the 3rd Worst State to Live In

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Illinois, you may want to stay on this side of the river.
Only Tennessee and Oklahoma are worse states than Missouri to live in, according to a ranking from CNBC.

The new ranking puts Missouri toward the top of a list of "quality of life laggards" struggling with high crime rates, few local attractions, poor healthcare and the environment.

"If you call one of them home, you may disagree," say Scott Cohn and Betsy Cline of CNBC. "But by the objective measures we consider in our quality-of-life category, these states have plenty of room for improvement."

Out of 300 possible points assigned for quality-of-life indicators, Missouri only earns 73 points, according to the CNBC ranking.

The study blames Missouri's low scores on high crime rates, poor health and high pollution, especially when it comes to air quality.

Even the best thing CNBC could say about Missouri is absurdly awful: The state is releasing fewer toxic chemicals.

"There's no shortage of things to do in places like St. Louis and Kansas City," the study admits, "but visitors are not rushing to Missouri to do them."

Missouri and St. Louis have both gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to national rankings:
-New Study Lists 10 Suburbs to Move to Because St. Louis Has "Bad Reputation"
-Missouri is 9th Worst State in U.S. for Working Moms
-St. Louis Has the 8th Worst Potholes in the U.S.

Here's a list of the ten worst states to live in, according to CNBC:
10. Arkansas
9. Kentucky
8. Ohio
7. Indiana
6. Michigan
5. Alabama
4. Louisiana
3. Missouri
2. Oklahoma
1. Tennessee

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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384 comments
scottme77
scottme77

Missouri is a rough place to live. I moved there from California and was surprised by how hateful and mean-spirited the people are there and they have huge egos in a place that nobody is interested in. The people in that place work hard for low paying jobs. I wouldn't recommend it, it's not a good place to be. White Supremacy and sexist Good Ol' Boys are what it's all about. Best to be avoided.

Lourdes Blue
Lourdes Blue

Maybe if we get Josh Kaufman to perform here, we can fix that!!!!

James McManus
James McManus

STL is a shit hole and I am embarrassed to be from there!!!!!!!!!

Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance

What, Truth hurts??? How about you pull that dildo out of your ass and stop being so butt hurt at the truth.

Casey Allen
Casey Allen

Hey fuck stick I'd love for you to say that standing in front of me you worthless piece of shit.

Derek Puleo
Derek Puleo

Outrageous. I have lived in NYC, LA, Miami, Atlanta, & Kansas City for business. I still long to return to my hometown, and plan to someday soon.

Trendt Francis
Trendt Francis

Thanks RFT for making us look like dirt! Ass clowns....

Ellen Bond
Ellen Bond

Do they EVER write anything POSITIVE about St. Louis, or Missouri?

Devon Anderson
Devon Anderson

Ok enough with the ferguson stuff people!!! Thats not the issue people are talking about!! Stop jumping to other subjects, it's the state as a whole, you look very stupid right about now!!! Soon you start with illegals and obamacare next, no one really wants to here that mess again please!!

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

St louis just reaps prosperity..I mean i look at it and see 1861 all over..

gmk0825
gmk0825

The criteria for this list is a joke. What about things like traffic, cost of living, water quality, outdoor opportunities? I grew up on the east coast and moved to Missouri because I value these things and consider them my quality of life standards. I feel my "quality of life" has gotten much better since moving here. And seriously, there are plenty of "local attractions" you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for, and the healthcare, at least in St. Louis, is superb.

Alan Williams
Alan Williams

You have to remember most of Missouri isn't St Louis, Missouri is St Louis and Kansas City with a state like Mississippi I between.

Marilyn Martin
Marilyn Martin

this makes me sad since I grew up in St Louis. I still like it and think it's a beautiful state.....just drive thru the Ozarks.

Jill Cobetto
Jill Cobetto

I live in Houston TX and personally I think it is the worst place to live. There are too many people, traffic is horrendous, half a million people competing for one job, low pay, high cost of living, corrupt, and high stress. Give me STL anytime.

Bryan A Sewell
Bryan A Sewell

If I'm not mistaken, Missouri houses some of the best hospitals and care clinics in the United States. Don't knock it till you try it. Born and raise in Missouri and I take pride in that.

Jazon Parker
Jazon Parker

and 4 other states in top 10 share a border with missouri. ..ha

Gary Berry
Gary Berry

I disagree and I live here and RFT seems or appears to not tell all truths as related to all situations and people.

Stephanie Kuth
Stephanie Kuth

I am sure the people who live here, born and never been any where else, will disagree with this article....

Mark Alan McRoberts
Mark Alan McRoberts

It just makes me sick. But I can't disagree, Education system sucks, Laws and Taxes favor the rich. Legislative districts are gerrymandered so much. Hell my house is on the line and my house is east of the line except that it come down a gravel road .2 mi and goes around my house and then back to a straight north/south line. MOSUCKS

Lisa Dowell
Lisa Dowell

Ha Missouri making Kentucky look good.

Will Renz
Will Renz

Missouri is low on the totem pole for people who want to be coddled by their elected officials and have good taste in music. I grew up outside and in NYC and the only thing I miss are the concerts and my friends.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

Really? mississippi, michigan, and kansas are better to live in than missouri? Yeah, i don't buy that for a second.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I'm starting to think RFT is working against STL. They should be talking about the good in STL instead of pointing out the bad and stoking racial tensions.

Del Booker
Del Booker

6 months ago I moved from MO to TN.....lol....this list says I've gone from bad to worse...lmbo....I love MO & TN.

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Craig Aye
Craig Aye

Ohio and Michigan in general are the two worst states to live in. I would rather live in Missouri, oklahoma or Tennessee over Ohio or Michigan.

Rick Farrow
Rick Farrow

And anything NBC has been credible since when?

Jennifer Matthews
Jennifer Matthews

Wow! Way to shit on the entire center of the country! All ten states fall in the Midwest or mid south

Lera Matzen
Lera Matzen

I don't understand why Illinois didn't make that list.

ArsenaLos
ArsenaLos

@CompleteArse too true. After our two evacs in a decade there's nothing left to burn so we have a good fire break now. And got water :)

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