If you're looking for a job, it turns out that Massachusetts, Washington or Colorado are your best bet – even better than New York or California – when it comes to all the reasons you would want to live and work somewhere.
Massachusetts ranks No. 1 overall thanks to a strong education and healthcare system, according to a study from personal finance website WalletHub, which gauged 33 indicators of job-market strength, opportunity and economic health. West Virginia came in last.
It's not just about the job opportunities or compensation. If it were, California may have done better than No. 9, given the formidable job engine that is Silicon Valley. The high cost of living and real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area probably didn't help.