In their 2007 Most Livable State report, Tennessee ranks 44th in the nation. Arkansas comes in at 49th. And poor Mississippi bottoms out the list at number 50.
To determine livable states, researchers looked at crime rates, infant mortality, marriage rates, income levels, bankruptcy filings, the prisoner incarceration rate, poverty rates, and even the number of sunny days per year and the amount of books in public libraries.
The most livable state is New Hampshire with Minnesota coming in at a close second.