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24/7 Wall St.: The Most (and Least) Livable States

1. Least Livable - West Virginia

Future livability score: 43.3
Full-time employment: 2nd worst
Job creation index: 20th best
Outlook on life in five years: 23rd best

While West Virginia has an unemployment rate of 7%, well below the 8.2% national unemployment rate, it ranks second worst in terms of people employed full-time. The state also has the second-lowest median household income of $38,218 and the eighth-highest percentage of people below the poverty line, at 17.62%. West Virginia also can lay claim to the dubious title of unhealthiest state. It has the highest rate of smokers in the nation with a quarter of residents smoking as of 2011. The state also has the highest obesity rate (35.3%), the highest rate of people with high blood pressure (38.9%) and the highest rate of people with diabetes (15.7%) as of 2011. Options for those looking to stay in shape are limited as the state ranks dead last in ease of finding a safe place to exercise.

(AP Photo)

The Full List: America's Least Livable States



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