North Carolina claims the No. 26 ranking 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.
Divorce rate and geographic location represent North Carolina’s top quality-of-life scores on our index.
“From our moderate climate with excellent recreational opportunities to our culture-rich history and arts, there truly is something for everyone in North Carolina. Combine that with quality health care [and] a low cost of living and it’s easy to see why most people that live here never want to leave,” according to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
For a full copy of the report's methodology and analysis, please email LawnStarter's Chief Economic Research Analyst, Ryan Farley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.