MARYLAND – As the environment in the U.S. shifts because of remote work, people now have more options on places to live since they do not have to necessarily live where they work. Although Maryland has shown to have one of the best school systems and has been one of the hardest-working states, Maryland was recently found to be the 7th most expensive state to live in, according to a study from Test Optimize Perform (TOP) data.
TOP, a global marketing agency network, compared the 50 states on eight key dimensions. This includes affordability, crime and safety, economy, education, healthcare, infrastructure, opportunity, and quality of life. These dimensions were ranked using 76 metrics.
Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 being the max. They determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to get its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank the states.
Maryland was ranked the 7th most expensive state to live in and the 21st overall best state to live in. Maryland ranked 44th in affordability and 17th in crime and safety. Additionally, Maryland clocked in with the 18th best economy and 22nd best education system.
The study had Maryland ranked 8th in healthcare and 2nd in infrastructure. Finally, Maryland was ranked 23rd in quality of life and 30th in opportunities.
“Not all states are cut from the same cloth. Some excel in education, while others may be better at infrastructure,” TOP data said in the report.
Even though Maryland was ranked high in other categories, this study shows Maryland may have some areas of improvement to maintain its population.
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