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America’s Best States to Live in 2012

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1. New Hampshire

2012 Quality of Life Points: 298 out of 350
2011 Quality of Life Rank: 2

Quality of life is solid across the board in the Granite State. The population is among the healthiest, in part because of the quality of the environment. Want a little more civilization? Boston is just over the border, offering New Hampshire residents the benefits of the big city without the hassles. Crime in New Hampshire is among the lowest in the country.

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