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America's 10 worst states to live in

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2. Oklahoma

The Sooner State gets its nickname from the 19th-century settlers who raced there to stake their claims. If the Land Rush were happening today, they might not be in as much of a hurry. Oklahoma ranks among the worst states in the nation for crime, health and air quality.

  • 2014 Quality of Life score: 70 points (out of 300)
  • Weaknesses: Health, crime, air quality, local attractions
  • Strength: Only 16th worst for toxic chemical releases
  • 2013 Quality of Life rank: 45
  • 2014 Top States overall rank: 28
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