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

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There is more than just corn in the Cornhusker State, which offers relatively low crime, clean air, and apparently a relatively stress-free lifestyle—heart disease and high blood pressure here are well below the national average. Improving health and a declining crime rate helped Nebraska mount a solid improvement in quality of life this year.

2013 Quality of Life Rank (Points): #4 (228)

2013 Overall Rank: #4

2012 Quality of Life Rank: #13

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