We're going to be No. 1! Region's top future 'livability' predicted


Good news for your children and grandchildren. Life here in what's called the West North Central region (identified by Gallup as the cluster of seven states that include Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas) is going to be first rate for them. In fact, by 2032, the region is projected to be the No. 1 place to live in the entire country, according to the Gallup Business Journal.

The West North Central region is "...poised for the brightest future," in part because of the planning foundation set by civic leaders. The report, called "Where You'll Want To Live in 2032," fast-forwards to find what parts of the country are likely to be the healthiest and most productive, based on today's foundation.

The Star Tribune broke down the study, which measures livability by ranking 13 metrics, including economic, workplace and community factors. The availability of clean, safe water will become more important in the future. That is one of the categories where the region was top-rated. The region also led in metrics that measure expected full-time employment and economic confidence.

The West North Central region fared less well in measures of optimism and smoking. While 20.5 percent of Americans smoke it was 22 percent in the region.

For those who want to live in the present, the metro area already has livability bragging rights. Bloomberg Businessweek recently named St. Paul as the tenth most livable U.S. city. Minneapolis came in at No. 12 on the list.

The report finds the Pacific region and the Northeast also scored high on expected livability, but the East South Central region (Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi) is at the bottom, performing poorly on employment and being most likely to be obese, to smoke, and to lack a safe place to exercise

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