With all the talk of scarcity of homes, bidding wars, and higher mortgage rates one can easily feel a certain doom and gloom when thinking of buying a home.

There are places, however, where homes are affordable and here is U.S. News and World Report list of the top ten:

  1. Ohio
  2. Michigan
  3. Iowa
  4. Nebraska
  5. Indiana
  6. Kansas
  7. South Dakota
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Missouri
  10. West Virginia

It is wise to remember that affordability comes with it own price.  Often this means fewer services.

Look at U.S. News and World Reposts list of the 10 best states for education to see what that means

  1. Massachusetts
  2. New Jersey
  3. Utah
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Iowa
  6. Washington
  7. Florida
  8. Vermont
  9. Nebraska
  10. North Dakota

 

Looking at over 77 different matrixes U.S. News and World Reports says that these are the 10 Best States to live in:

  1. Iowa
  2. Minnesota
  3. Utah
  4. North Dakota
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Washington
  7. Nebraska
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Vermont
  10. Colorado

I would say it all depends on what things you are seeking in the way of services like health care and other factors.  The tax burden you have to bear in each state also is a factor.  Life stages can also be a critical factor for many.  For example none of the top ten states to live in are in the Sun Belt.  Seniors or retirees that don’t want to deal with winter weather might want to look at other states to reside in.

Pick almost any factor that might affect your choice of where to live and there is probably a list out there for it.  Here are a couple to look at:

 

States with the most number of sunny days

  1. Arizona
  2. Arkansas
  3. California
  4. Colorado

These lists do change from time to time. St. Petersburg, Florida gained the world record for the sunniest days in a row when the sun beamed down for 768 consecutive days from February 9, 1967 to March 17, 1969.

How about states with the best roads:

  1. Minnesota.
  2. Utah.
  3. Nevada.
  4. Florida.
  5. Kentucky
  6. Ohio
  7. Georgia
  8. Indiana

Since we are here how about states with the best drivers:

  1. Iowa
  2. Minnesota
  3. Virginia
  4. New Jersey and Ohio (tie)
  5. Vermont
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Utah
  8. Virginia
  9. Western Michigan

As you can see there are a lot of different things you can look at when trying to decide is the state, city, and locality right for you.