America's Top States for Business 2014
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America’s top states to live in 2014

An evening walk with the dog on the Wire Road near Smugglers' Notch Resort.

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2. Vermont

The Green Mountain State has the second healthiest population in the U.S., the second-lowest crime rate, sparkling clear water and clean air. It is not a major tourist draw, but maybe we all could benefit by spending a little more time there.

  • 2014 Quality of Life score: 256 points (out of 300)
  • Strengths: Low crime rate, health, environment
  • Weakness: Local attractions
  • 2013 Quality of Life rank: 2

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