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3. Missouri

The Show Me State isn't looking so good when it comes to quality of life. The crime rate and pollution are high. Optimism, according to Gallup, is low. There's no shortage of things to do in places like St. Louis and Kansas City, but visitors are not rushing to Missouri to do them.

  • 2014 Quality of Life score: 73 points (out of 300)
  • Weaknesses: Air quality, health, crime
  • Strength: Toxic chemical releases have declined
  • 2013 Quality of Life rank: 47
  • 2014 Top States overall rank: 23
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