6. Best - Utah
Debt per Capita: $6,007 (15th)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4 percent (14th)
Home Price Change (’06 – ’09): 19.2 percent (2nd)
Median Household Income: $55,117 (14th)
Utah is a very well-run state in the fiscal sense, earning it the highest S&P rating granted to states, AAA. Unemployment claims were down 3.5 percent as of August 2010, and 19,000 new jobs were created. This steady economy has come in handy and may have contributed to an increased desire to live there – occupied home prices increased 19.2 percent from 2006 to 2009, the second highest increase on our list.