California has the worst quality of life in all 50 states, and conservatives are celebrating

  • California came in 50th place in a ranking of the US states by quality of life.
  • The rankings considered metrics like air quality, pollution, community engagement, and voter participation.
  • Some conservatives celebrated the news on social media.


California has the worst quality of life among all 50 states, according to a recent ranking by US News and World Report.

The Golden State came in dead last in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, released earlier this week in partnership with McKinsey and Co. 

The rankings considered two metrics for each state:

  1. Natural environment, comprising drinking-water quality, air quality, and pollution and industrial toxins.
  2. Social environment, comprising community engagement, social support, and voter participation.

North Dakota was crowned the state with the best quality of life, according to the ranking, with two other Midwestern states, Minnesota and Wisconsin, rounding out the top three.

In other metrics, California didn't fare nearly as poorly. U.S. News and World Report deemed California's economy the fourth-best in the nation, and its business environment claimed the No. 1 spot. The state also ranked 11th in terms of health care, according to the list.

Still, the low mark on quality of life provided fodder for some conservative news sites and politicians. 

"Californians scored poorly in part because they're simply insufferable," wrote Fox News in an article about the ranking. The article appeared on Fox News' front page under the headline "Failed State?"

Meanwhile, far right-wing site Breitbart focused on California's high cost of living and immigration rates — two metrics that did not factor into the quality-of-life rankings.

Conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root celebrated the news:

And actor James Woods, who said he was blacklisted from Hollywood because of his conservative politics, took it out on California's lieutenant governor.

Check out the ranking of all 50 states here »

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SEE: States with the highest income taxes: 

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States where Americans pay the highest in state income taxes
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States where Americans pay the highest in state income taxes

California

State income tax: 1% to 13.3% 

Maine

State income tax: 5.8% to 10.15%

Oregon

State income tax: 5% to 9.9%

Minnesota

State income tax: 5.35% to 9.85%

Iowa

State income tax: 0.36% to 8.98%

New Jersey

State income tax: 1.4% to 8.97%

Vermont

State income tax: 3.55% to 8.95%

Washington, DC

State income tax: 4% to 8.95%

New York

State income tax: 4% to 8.82%

Hawaii

State income tax: 1.4% to 8.25%

Wisconsin

State income tax: 4% to 7.65%

Idaho

State income tax: 1.6% to 7.4%

South Carolina

State income tax: 0% to 7%

Connecticut

State income tax: 3% to 6.99%

Arkansas

State income tax: 0.9% to 6.9%

Montana

State income tax: 1% to 6.9%

Nebraska

State income tax: 2.46% to 6.84%

Delaware

State income tax: 2.2% to 6.6%

West Virginia

State income tax: 3% to 6.5%

Georgia

State income tax: 1% to 6%

Kentucky

State income tax: 2% to 6%

Louisiana

State income tax: 2% to 6%

Missouri

State income tax: 1.5% to 6%

Rhode Island

State income tax: 3.75% to 5.99%

Maryland

State income tax: 2% to 5.75%

North Carolina

State income tax: 5.75%

Virginia

State income tax: 2% to 5.75%

Oklahoma

State income tax: 0.5% to 5.25%

Massachusetts

State income tax: 5.1%

Alabama

State income tax: 2% to 5%

Mississippi

State income tax: 3% to 5%

Utah

State income tax: 5%

Ohio

State income tax: 0.495% to 4.997%

New Mexico

State income tax: 1.7% to 4.9%

Colorado

State income tax: 4.63%

Kansas

State income tax: 2.7% to 4.6%

Arizona

State income tax: 2.59% to 4.54%

Michigan

State income tax: 4.25%

Illinois

State income tax: 3.75%

Indiana

State income tax: 3.3%

Pennsylvania

State income tax: 3.07%

North Dakota

State income tax: 1.1% to 2.9%

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