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Utah May Soon Be Best State to Live in, Poll Finds

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkstockWASHINGTON) -- Thinking about moving in the future?  Well, you might want to consider making your new residence somewhere in Utah.  A new Gallup poll suggests that the Beehive State may be one of the best places to live in the future.

Based on over 530,000 interviews with U.S. adults during the first six months of this year, the survey ranked states using 13 forward-looking metrics encompassing economic, workplace, community and personal choices.

Those metrics included: standard of living momentum; perceptions about your city or area; economic confidence; job creation; anticipated life in five years; ease of finding clean and safe water; ease of finding a safe place to exercise; obesity; smoking habits; visits to the dentist; full-time employment; having supervisors who treat workers like a partner rather than a boss; and learning something new or interesting on any given day.

Utah was among the top two best-performing states for five of these metrics, pushing it to the top of the list.  Minnesota ranked second, with Colorado, Nebraska and North Dakota rounding out the top five in that order.

The worst offender was West Virginia, which scored last in five of the 13 metrics.  Mississippi, Kentucky, Nevada and Arkansas rounded out the top five worst states.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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