A House Divided


The title has absolutely nothing to do with the War between the States and secession. The divine inspiration and wisdom is gleaned from a much earlier time, around 2,000 years ago. Please read and meditate on this here. More comfort and awareness is found from this than any punditry by Michael Barone, Jay Cost, Sean Trende, and definitely Dick Morris. It’s not clear what happens with the eventual fall, but we have the time now to reflect on where we choose to live before the collapse occurs.

Below are a collection of data in table form that show where the divisions and cracks exist between different states. The final table reflects the pluses and minuses from the previous tables to rank the top 12 and the bottom 12 States to live in for those of us who believe moral and religious people are essential for a constitutional republic. Conversely, for those people who put their faith in a big government to keep religious faith hidden from view, and to provide benefits and decision making for them, then the bottom 12 States are for them.

This first table ranks the States on church attendance. Being ranked a Top State is a plus and being ranked a Bottom State is a minus.

Rank Top 10 States Church Attendance Bottom 10 States Church Attendance
1 Mississippi Vermont
2 Alabama New Hampshire
3 South Carolina Maine
4 Louisiana Massachusetts
5 Utah Nevada
6 Tennessee Hawaii
7 Arkansas Oregon
8 North Carolina Alaska
9 Georgia Rhode Island
10 Texas Connecticut

Being a State in the list below is a minus.

    9 States have legalized gay marriage

  • Connecticut
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Weighing people down with a burden of high taxes is a minus.

Rank Top 8 States Low Taxes Bottom 8 states Low Taxes
1 Alaska New York
2 South Dakota New Jersey
3 Tennessee Connecticut
4 Louisiana California
5 Wyoming Wisconsin
6 Texas Rhode Island
7 New Hampshire Minnesota
8 Alabama Massachusetts

Weighing people down with the burden of high utility bills is a minus.

Rank Top 8 States Low Utility Rates Bottom 8 States Low Utility Rates
1 Wyoming Hawaii
2 Idaho Connecticut
3 Washington New York
4 Kentucky New Hampshire
5 Utah Alaska
6 North Dakota New Jersey
7 Arkansas Massachusetts
8 West Virginia Rhode Island

Weighing people down with high prices for necessary goods and services is a minus.

Rank Top 8 Most Affordable States to Live in Bottom 8 Most Affordable States to Live in
1 Tennessee Hawaii
2 Alabama Alaska
3 Louisiana Connecticut
4 Oklahoma New York
5 Arkansas California
6 Mississippi New Jersey
7 Texas Rhode Island
8 Florida Maryland

Having high unemployment rate is a minus.

Rank Top 8 States Low Unemployment Rate Bottom 8 States Low Unemployment Rate
1 North Dakota Nevada
2 Nebraska Rhode Island
3 South Dakota California
4 Iowa New Jersey
5 Utah North Carolina
6 Wyoming Michigan
7 Oklahoma Connecticut
8 Hawaii Mississippi

Having a high debt burden is a especially a minus if the reasons for the debt are over promising on pensions.

Rank Top 8 States with Lowest Debt Bottom 8 States with Lowest Debt
1 Wyoming California
2 Nebraska New York
3 Montana Texas
4 South Dakota New Jersey
5 Vermont Illinois
6 Maine Florida
7 Indiana Massachusetts
8 Idaho Connecticut

It’s a minus to be a State in the list below that adds extra debt burden to the state with subsidizing health insurance and expanding medicaid coverage.

    16 States plan to establish a State Health Insurance Exchange

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

It’s a plus to be a State in the list below to save your State from additional debt burden and forestall the full implementation of Obamacare™

    20 States default to Federal operated Health Insurance Exchange

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

The Top 9 and Bottom 9 are self-evident, and the other 6 States listed are line up closely with some of the other 26 States. Every individual needs to make his own decision, and there are obviously personal concerns which affect any decision. The future is a lot more than about a political party getting the right candidates who have the right messaging, use the right political consultants, or use the right GOTV software. History reminds us of times of Great Awakenings, we are in dire need of another one soon.

Rank Top 12 States to Live in Bottom 12 States to Live in
1 Texas Connecticut
2 North Dakota New York
3 Oklahoma Massachusetts
4 Wyoming Rhode Island
5 Nebraska California
6 South Dakota New Jersey
7 Alabama Maryland
8 Louisiana Hawaii
9 Indiana Vermont
10 South Carolina Minnesota
11 Georgia Washington
12 Utah Oregon

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I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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November 26, 2012 10:26 am

Preacher Pilgrim, amen. While the failed federal economic policies hurt us in every state, there are stark differences between the states in terms of quality of life, and your tables are invaluable in judging those differences. God bless.

Lady Penquin
November 26, 2012 6:58 pm

I’m bookmarking this for when I need to consider another place to live.

Prairie Dawg
Prairie Dawg
November 26, 2012 7:11 pm

Having lived in South Dakota my entire 48 years, with the exception of the 6 I spent in the military, I can honestly say I would never live anywhere else. Common sense is a prevalent condition in my wonderful state!

November 27, 2012 7:46 pm

Ok Pilgrim. Now that you have the best states listed, I just need to know which one has the lowest tornado risk. I’m guessing SC or UT. No way will I move to OK or NE. The things scare the pants off me.