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

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#5 (TIE) MAINE

The Pine Tree State is the safest state, with the nation's lowest crime rate. Mainers are healthy, with the percentage of uninsured residents one of the lowest in the country. Pollution is low, with toxic chemical releases among the nation's lowest. But Maine's reputation as a quiet state is well-earned. If you are not an outdoor enthusiast, attractions can be hard to come by.

2013 Quality of Life Rank (Points): #5 (226)

2013 Overall Rank: #39

2012 Quality of Life Rank: #4

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