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Poll: Wisconsin 15th best place to live in the future


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin will be the nation’s 15th best place to live in the future, despite concerns that the Badger State will have a lower than average economy and standard of living.

That’s according to a new Gallup Poll. Over 530,000 Americans were interviewed between January and June, and were asked to rank states on 13 standards of future livability.

They said Wisconsin would be among the easiest places to find safe drinking water and places to exercise. They said the Badger State would be the 15th likeliest place to find a full-time job for an employer. And Wisconsin would continue to have average smoking and obesity rates.

But they rated the state a poor 44th for its future overall standard of living, and 44th for people’s confidence in the state’s economy. And Wisconsin was second from the bottom among states where people think they could lead the best possible life.

The poll was part of the ongoing Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Utah was predicted to be the most livable state in the coming years, and neighboring Minnesota was second. Neighboring Iowa ranked Number 7 for future livability. West Virginia came in last.