N.H. deemed worst state for young adults

Aging population doesn’t help Granite State in recent survey


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Two weeks after New Hampshire was declared the best state to live in the nation, another survey is calling the Granite State the worst for young adults in 2014.

MoneyRates.com examined a combination of economic and lifestyle factors to judge the 50 states and District of Columbia. The eight factors were youth unemployment, youthfulness of the population, tuition costs, rental costs, rental availability, access to high-speed broadband, number of bars and other nightspots per capita and number of fitness facilities per capita.

New Hampshire, which was second-to-worst last year, earned the title because it was deemed well below average in six of eight categories. It also has the third-lowest proportion of people aged 20 to 24 years old.

Behind New Hampshire is Washington, Arizona, Virginia and Maine, rounding out the top five worst states for young people.

Maine was deemed the worst state last year due to low rental availability and low number of nightspots per capita as well as the lowest proportion of people aged 20 to 24 years old of any state.

As for the rest of New England, Vermont placed ninth worst, due to its ranking as the worst state for access to high-speed broadband and second worst for high college tuition. Whereas the rest of New England fared better as Rhode Island placed 17th best, Massachusetts 25th and Connecticut 32nd.

The list of the five best states for young people may surprise you. In order, they are North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, usually due to low youth unemployment and rental affordability. Particularly unexpected: North Dakota has the second-highest number of nightspots per capita.

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