Maryland holds down the No. 13 spot on LawnStarter’s 2015 Quality of Life Index for the 50 states.
The index is based on six quality-of-life factors analyzed by LawnStarter and borrowed from The Economist -- GDP (economic output) per capita, average life expectancy, divorce rate, unemployment rate, geographic location (latitude) and male-female income equality. The Economist considers these factors to be good barometers for quality of life.
For Maryland, GDP and divorce rate are the bright spots on our index.
“Maryland residents enjoy a broad range of lifestyles and activities in convenient reach of major metropolitan areas. Each region of the state presents distinctly different styles and histories,” the Maryland Department of Commerce says.
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