Survey predicts great places to live in '32Twenty years from now, cars will fly, your iPhone will double as your au pair and the “Spiderman” trilogy with be on its 12th reboot.
By: Marino Eccher and Sarah Gorvin, The Republican Eagle
Twenty years from now, cars will fly, your iPhone will double as your au pair and the “Spiderman” trilogy with be on its 12th reboot.
And Minnesota and North Dakota will be among the top five states to live in. Wisconsin will be 15th.
Gallup recently released a new poll that studied 13 “forward-looking” metrics — including economic confidence, job creation and standard of living optimism — to determine the best future states to live in. The findings were based on interviews with more than 530,000 people across all states since 2011.
Minnesota ranked No. 2 in the study, behind Utah.
“It’s certainly great news,” state Rep. Tim Kelly said.
The Red Wing legislator attributed Minnesota’s high ranking, in part, to recent legislative changes and a high job creation rate.
“I think one of the things we’ve been able to do over the last couple years is formulate a policy that shows we’re on the right track,” Kelly said.
North Dakota came in at No. 5, behind No. 3 Colorado and No. 4 Nebraska.
The five future worst states to live in were West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Nevada and Arkansas, according to the survey.
Wisconsin rated 15th. The people surveyed said Wisconsin would be among the easiest places to find safe drinking water and places to exercise. Concerns for the Badger State included a lower than average economy and standard of living.
Minnesota, however, topped the field in economic confidence.
“I do think we’ve made great strides,” Kelly said. “Policies we’ve put in place helped stabilize the whole economy. I would say we just need to keep the momentum going.”
In keeping with Minnesota’s reputation as an outdoors haven, the state also came out on top for access to safe places to exercise. In addition, it earned high marks in clean water, learning opportunities and dental visits.
What’s more, Minnesotans are upbeat about the futures of their state. Minnesota ranked No. 6 in optimism for their city or area.
Ask them about their own personal outlook, though, and they’re considerably more cautious. Minnesotans were near the bottom in the nation (No. 48) in optimism about their own futures.
Cheer up, folks – Gallup says it’s going to be OK.