As someone who grew up in a rural area I think there is a disconnect with people here. Both rural and urban areas have there pluses and minuses. Some people prefer one over the other. Same with suburbs. Everyone likes different things which is a good thing. Something for everyone out there.Listen, I love to dump on all other teams not representing the U or competing against the U. However, I have no problem with any of those states! It is a stupid article like most the crap CNBC puts out. There are many parts of those states are flat out beautiful & great to live in... CNBC will also tell you how wonderful Cali and NY are, but forget to tell you they account for 65% of the homeless population in the US or forget to mention they have the highest taxes in the country.
These are not scientific even though your brain may trick you that it is. 100% subjective lol, it totally depends on what you like. I know many people living well in the south. Oh and completely subjective measurements like “inclusivity” are used, I mean really lol this is pure clickbait used to jerk off people who have disdain for those places. And BTW California has net out interstate migration, as in more people leave to other states than come from other states, (population still grows due to international immigration legal and illegal, but among US citizens they lose pop). NY and Illinois lose population every year. So the paradises these writers love are not attracting people.