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

4. Most Livable - Nebraska

Future livability score: 13.7
Full-time employment: 2nd best
Job creation index: 4th best
Outlook on life in five years: 9th worst

Nebraska’s housing market did not collapse nearly as hard as other parts of America. Housing prices in the state only fell 2.8% from the first quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2012, much better than the U.S. average of a 33.3% drop. In turn, the June 2012 unemployment rate of 3.8% is second lowest after North Dakota, and is less than half the national rate of 8.2%. Those employees feel valued, too; the state ranks fifth overall in terms of managers treating employees as partners and not as bosses. Despite this, Nebraska is one of four states on this list ranked in the bottom 10 in terms of life outlook five years from now.

(iStock)

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