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America's Top States for quality of life: Take a bow

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#2 VERMONT

The Green Mountain State takes its name from the verdant range that defines this state, but Vermont is more than just mountains. It's more than maple syrup, too, though Vermonters will proudly tell you the state accounts for 39 percent of the nation's total production. Vermont is one of America's healthiest states by many measures, from infectious disease rates to the percentage of residents without health insurance. The crime rate and pollution are among the nation's lowest.

2013 Quality of Life Rank (Points): #2 (265)

2013 Overall Rank: #31

2012 Quality of Life Rank: #3

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