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9. Wyoming

2012 Quality of Life Points: 244 out of 350
2011 Quality of Life Rank: 4

In the Cowboy State, it’s great to be home on the range. You can feel safe there, too, with one of the lowest crime rates in the country. The air is fresh and the water is clean. Wyoming also finishes in the top tier when it comes to health.

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