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America's 10 worst states to live in

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Quality-of-life laggards

There are many ideal places around the country to raise a family, get a job and have a great recreational lifestyle. Then there are the states mired in problems that don't get high marks for quality of life in America's Top States for Business. We look at several factors—including crime rate, local attractions, health care and the environment—for the ranking. These 10 states rank last. If you call one of them home, you may disagree. But by the objective measures we consider in our Quality of Life category, these states have plenty of room for improvement.

—By Scott Cohn, senior correspondent & Betsy Cline, producer, CNBC
Posted 24 June 2014

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