These 10 states are America’s best places to live in 2021

16 Jul 2021


Home is where the heart is. And for millions these days, it is also where the job is. Even as the economy reopens, many companies are revising work policies to incorporate permanent work-from-home and hybrid work models.

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg announced in June that all full-time employees can continue working from home if their jobs can be done remotely. Other companies, like Apple, are adopting a hybrid model.

The new employment structures come amid a tight labor market and are reasons more states are touting quality of life in economic development pitches to corporations.

CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business has always tracked basic quality of life measures like crime rates and environmental quality. Our new Life, Health and Inclusion category continues that tradition but also reflects a year of pandemic and social upheaval that has changed how many, including our study, define quality of life.

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